<![CDATA[NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth - - Mavs Central]]>Copyright 2018http://www.nbcdfw.com/news/sportsen-usWed, 25 Apr 2018 07:52:26 -0500Wed, 25 Apr 2018 07:52:26 -0500NBC Local Integrated Media<![CDATA[Inside The Life Of A Mavs Gamer]]>Wed, 18 Apr 2018 22:56:05 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dallas+Mavericks+Logo.jpg

Mavs Gaming Season gets started May 11th. But it's more than just fun and games, this is serious business.

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<![CDATA[Mavericks, Bulls Win Tiebreakers for Draft Lottery Position]]>Sat, 14 Apr 2018 22:16:57 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dallas+Mavericks+Logo.jpg

The Dallas Mavericks and Chicago Bulls have won tiebreakers to put them in better position ahead of the NBA draft lottery.

The Mavericks won a tiebreaker with the Atlanta Hawks on Friday after they shared the NBA's third-worst record at 24-58. Dallas gets a 13.8 percent chance to win the lottery and Atlanta at 13.7, and should neither team move up, the Mavericks would pick one spot higher in the draft.

Chicago and Sacramento both finished 27-55. They will have the same odds in the lottery, but the Bulls will be sixth and the Kings seventh if nobody jumps ahead of them and neither moves up in the lottery.



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<![CDATA[Aging Nowitzki, Young Smith Want Mavs To Be Relevant Again]]>Fri, 13 Apr 2018 11:57:12 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dirk-talk-end-of-season-tuesday.jpg

Dirk Nowitzki plans to become the first player to spend all 21 seasons with the same NBA franchise.

Dennis Smith Jr. will be half the German star's age when the Dallas Mavericks open next season looking to end the first two-year playoff drought in nearly two decades. The team posted its worst record since 1997-98, the year before Nowitzki arrived.

The No. 9 overall pick who turned 20 early in what ended up as a solid rookie season, Smith figures to have a new teammate facing high expectations the way he did. Dallas will pick no lower than seventh in June.

Smith will have at least one thing in common with Nowitzki, who turns 40 this summer. They want the Mavericks to be regulars in the postseason again, the way they were before the current swoon.

"I've been in a couple of arenas that are playoff teams, and I just witnessed the atmosphere," Smith said. "I can only imagine how it is playoff time."

It's certainly better than 24-58, tied with Atlanta for the league's third-worst record. Youth, injuries and a difficult schedule buried the Mavericks early for the second straight year.

They spent the last half of the season wondering where they would fall in the lottery, and owner Mark Cuban was fined $600,000 for suggesting that Dallas had been tanking for two seasons. Part of Cuban's point was that he'd had enough of that approach.

"We do not want to go back to what we just experienced," president of basketball operations Donnie Nelson said. "That's unanimous, from the top on down. When you go through retooling or rebuilding situations like we're going through now, it's done with the right people."

For Nelson, two of those three people are in place in Smith and leading scorer Harrison Barnes. The third is coming in the draft. Nelson compared the situation to when he joined his dad, former coach and general manager Don Nelson, in Dallas 20 years ago. Michael Finley was already there. Steve Nash and Nowitzki were on the way.

The Mavericks made the playoffs 15 out of 16 years starting in 2001, winning their first championship in 2011. They haven't won a playoff series since.

"We're certainly hoping that we're not in the early stages of a rebuild," coach Rick Carlisle said. "We want to get through this as expeditiously as possible. But there's no way you can skip steps."

Things to consider after the first 50-loss season for Dallas since the last of seven in an eight-season stretch in the 1990s:

DIRK FOR 22?

Surgery for bone spurs in his left ankle ended Nowitzki's season a few games early, but after he had set a record for games in a 20th season with 77. He has had a season-to-season approach for several years now.

"I'm hoping the ankle will be tons better than this year," said Nowitzki , who figures to pass Wilt Chamberlain on the career scoring list but get passed by LeBron James to leave him where he is now -- sixth place. "It's hard for me at this point to commit further than one year or say one year's it."

SMITH'S BACKUPS

J.J. Barea has a year left on his contract after averaging career highs of 11.6 points and 6.3 assists per game. Yogi Ferrell and Seth Curry have expiring contracts, but the Mavericks figure to be interested. Ferrell proved to be a solid role player on a two-year deal earned after a flashy start on a 10-day contract last season. Dallas had high hopes for Curry, but the younger brother of Golden State star Stephen Curry missed the season with a stress fracture in his lower left leg.

MORE FIREPOWER

The Dallas roster was loaded with undrafted and/or G League players, and Carlisle has been praised for the development of some of those younger players. Now it's time to replace projects with weapons.

"Getting Rick ammunition is our No. 1 priority in the offseason," Nelson said. "We've got a great opportunity in the draft. Free agency as you know will be extremely active. There's trade fronts obviously that will be probed as well."

THE LAST OF NOEL

There was no mention of center Nerlens Noel on the final day of interviews. Suspended the final five games for violating the NBA's anti-drug program, Noel never developed into the post player Dallas envisioned after getting him at the trading deadline last season. After a lost season on a one-year deal as a restricted free agent, he hits the open market with little or no value.


Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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<![CDATA[Dallas Mavericks Plan to Rebound]]>Wed, 11 Apr 2018 18:51:41 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/DONNIE_NELSON_ON_MAVS_FOR_WEB_1200x675_1208694851541.jpg

The Dallas Mavericks are experiencing some hard times. General Manager Donnie Nelson talks about the team and their plans to rebuild the organization.]]>
<![CDATA[Dallas Mavericks Dancers, 2015-2016]]>Fri, 15 Apr 2016 09:44:14 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/513700850.jpgPhotos of the Dallas Mavericks Dancers during the 2015-2016 season.

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<![CDATA[Carlisle Talks About the Mavericks Rough Season]]>Wed, 11 Apr 2018 18:50:02 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/CARLISLE_ON_MAVS_SEASON_FOR_WEB_1200x675_1208682563859.jpg

Dallas Mavericks finished the season with a 24-58 record. Coach Rick Carlisle talks about what the team needs to do going forward, how Dennis Smith Jr. can evolve into a leader for the club and what the organization is looking to in the draft.]]>
<![CDATA[Dennis Smith Jr. Talks About his Successful Rookie Season]]>Wed, 11 Apr 2018 18:48:20 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/DENNIS_SMITH_JR_FOR_WEB_1200x675_1208674883734.jpg

Dennis Smith Jr. took major strides in his rookie season, he talks about his 1st season and what he's looking forward to in his sophomore campaign.]]>
<![CDATA[Harrison Barnes Looking Ahead to Next Season]]>Wed, 11 Apr 2018 18:46:25 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/HARRISON_BARNES_ON_MAVS_SEASON_FOR_WEB_1200x675_1208621635890.jpg

Dallas Mavericks forward Harrison Barnes had another solid season despite the team missing the playoffs. He discusses what the team needs to do next season to get over the hump.]]>
<![CDATA[Suns Top Mavs as Reserves Rule for Lottery Teams]]>Tue, 10 Apr 2018 22:59:03 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dallas-Mavericks-Logo.jpg

Alec Peters missed his last four shots after the Phoenix rookie had more than quadrupled his career high, at one point turning toward Dallas coach Rick Carlisle and saying, "I'm tired."

It will be a night to remember anyway in a forgettable season for both teams.

Peters scored 36 points, 28 more than his previous best, and the Suns beat the Mavericks 124-97 on Tuesday night in a reserve-filled finale for teams headed to the lottery.

"I looked over at coach Carlisle and he was looking at me wide-eyed and I'm like, I'm exhausted right now," said Peters, who bounced back and forth from the G League most of the season. "I know I missed a layup at the end. I'm not going to fret over it too much. Cool night for sure."

The Mavericks (24-58) entered the game tied for the third-worst record in the NBA and stayed that way while sitting eight players. That included star Dirk Nowitzki, whose 20th season ended last week when he had ankle surgery.

Atlanta finished with the same record after losing at home to Philadelphia 121-113. Orlando can join the Mavericks and Hawks with a loss at home to Washington on Wednesday.

Phoenix (21-61), which had already clinched the worst record and best lottery odds for the No. 1 pick in the draft in June, also didn't dress eight players. The Suns won for the second time in 19 games to wrap up their third straight season with at least 58 losses.

Johnathan Motley led Dallas with 21 points.

Peters, who had 46 points total in 19 previous games, was 8 of 13 from 3-point range. The Suns shot 76 percent in the second half while outscoring the Mavericks 80-43. It matched the most points the Mavericks have given up in a half.

"We had trouble stopping Larry Bird, dressed up as Alec Peters," Carlisle said.

TIP-INS

Suns: The four players not already listed as out who sat were Devin Booker (right hand sprain), Troy Daniels (left ankle sprain), T.J. Warren (left knee inflammation) and Marquese Chriss (lower back/leg pain). ... Rookie Shaquille Harrison had his first NBA double-double with career highs of 18 points and 10 assists.

Mavericks: The two players not already listed as out who didn't play were Doug McDermott (left elbow contusion) and rookie guard Dennis Smith Jr. (left knee soreness). Leading scorer Harrison Barnes was listed as rest.

DIRK FOR 21

Nowitzki revealed that he spent all season dealing with bone spurs in his left ankle that finally resulted in surgery last week. The German star has maintained that he planned to return next season, which would make him the first to play 21 seasons with the same franchise.

The timing of the surgery was designed to give Nowitzki plenty of time to recover for his offseason regimen. He said he would spend about three weeks in the walking boot he wore in his meeting with reporters before the game.

"I didn't miss a lot of games this year," said Nowitzki, who played 77 games, a record for a player in his 20th season. "I felt fine most of the time. I always said all year that I want to fulfill that two-year contract if possible. I saw nothing this year that was going to stop it."

UP NEXT

Suns: C Tyson Chandler could be attractive in an offseason trade with one year left on a contract that averages $13 million per season. He was a key piece of the Dallas championship in 2011, and returned in a trade with the New York Knicks three years later with one year left on a four-year contract. Chandler signed with the Suns when the Mavericks tried hard to lure DeAndre Jordan away from the Clippers. After initially agreeing to sign with Dallas, Jordan changed his mind and stayed in LA.

Mavericks: They seem committed to keeping Barnes, who has two years left on a $94 million, four-year max deal he signed two years ago. The most likely piece in a trade would be G Wesley Matthews, who is going into the final year of a $70 million, four-year deal that got richer when Jordan backed out on the Mavs. While Matthews returned from a ruptured Achilles tendon much quicker than usual in his first season and was durable thereafter, he hasn't been the difference-making scorer Dallas needs.

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<![CDATA[Dirk Says He'll Return for 21st Season With the Mavs]]>Tue, 10 Apr 2018 17:43:30 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dirk-talk-end-of-season-tuesday.jpg

Dallas Mavericks power forward Dirk Nowitzki says he'll return for a 21st season.

Nowitzki made the announcement during his "end of season" interview at the American Airlines Center ahead of the team's final regular season game Tuesday evening.

Nowitzki walked into the media room on crutches and sporting a big, gray boot -- the result of a procedure done April 5 called a surgical debridement that clears out unhealthy tissue.

In Nowitzki's case the procedure was done on his left ankle. 

Dirk confirmed Tuesday the injury will not keep him from playing next year and that he hopes owner Mark Cuban and general manager Donnie Nelson are able to secure some key pieces in the upcoming NBA Draft.

The Mavericks (24-57) wrap up the regular season Tuesday with a home game against the last place Phoenix Suns (20-61).



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<![CDATA[Dallas Wings Only NTX Pro Team to Make Playoffs This Season]]>Tue, 10 Apr 2018 11:39:23 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/160*120/Generic-Sports-1.jpg

When it comes to North Texas professional sports teams, women ruled this season.

The WNBA's Dallas Wings are the only local pro team to make the playoffs.

That's right. Go Wings!

The Wings 2017 record may have been 16-18, but they still made it to the first round of playoffs, losing to Washington 86-76.

Meanwhile, the Dallas Mavericks will finish their season Tuesday night, with a 23-54 record at the moment.

The Dallas Cowboys finished 9-7, watching division rival Philadelphia winning its first Super Bowl.

And while the Texas Rangers rival Houston Astros won their first World Series, the Rangers finished 78-84 for their season.

And in hockey, the Dallas Stars just wrapped their season with a record of 42-32-8.

In soccer, FC Dallas finished seventh in the West in 2017 with a record of 11-10-13 -- this after coming in first in the conference the previous two seasons with appearances in the conference finals and semifinals in 2015 and 2016, respectively.

Click here to read more about this story from our media partners at The Dallas Morning News.



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<![CDATA[Mavs End Season With Shirts, Hats, Car Give-a-Way]]>Mon, 09 Apr 2018 17:05:18 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/214*120/mavs+5+miles+patch.JPG

The Dallas Mavericks will host a FANtastic Finale to the 2017-2018 season Tuesday night during their final game of the year.

The Mavs will take on the Suns at American Airlines Center at 7:30 p.m. The fun begins 90 minutes before tip-off when the doors open at 6 p.m.

First up, season ticket holders are invited to a pre-game happy hour at the EIGHTEEN|76 bar inside the arena. Each season ticket holder in attendance will receive a free Budweiser Mavs hat and a free 12 ounce Budweiser draft with choice of Mavs logo on the top of each beer.

Join the Mavs for Mavs Q, the first live and in-app trivia game in the NBA. Radio host Jeff "Skin" Wade will shell out 12 questions in arena for a chance to win upgraded seats for the game, autographed merch and floor seats for a game during the 2018-2019 season. To play, fans should download the Mavs app. Trivia starts promptly at 6:30 p.m.

Freebies

  • All fans in attendance will receive a free Mavs cap upon entry.
  • All fans in attendance will receive a special edition T-shirt featuring "Dallas For Dirk" courtesy of 5miles. The T-shirt was designed by local artists Reid Glaze and Hance Talpin in honor of Dirk's 20th Season with the Dallas Mavericks. Find more of their designs at thanksdirk.com.
  • Ten thousand fans in attendance will receive a Mavs team poster.
  • One lucky season ticket holder and one lucky fan will have a chance to win new car by participating in a half-court shot contest during half-time. Registration for participants closed at 3 p.m. Monday.
  • One lucky Mavs fan will take to the Mavs Hangar with one minute to grab as much gear as they can for free. The winner will be selected from a pool of fans that have connected to their Nike Mavs Jerseys via the Nike Connect app.
  • Twenty thousand Mavs trading card packs will be handed out at the doors.
  • Chris Arnold will give away two framed autographed pictures of Dennis Smith Jr. during the pre-game show and the game.
  • Ten thousand special edition Dirk Nowitzki cups will be given away in honor a Dirk-themed sandwich promotion.



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<![CDATA[76ers Rout Mavericks, Win 14th in Row]]>Sun, 08 Apr 2018 14:43:37 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dallas-Mavericks-Logo.jpg

J.J. Redick scored 18 points, and the surging Philadelphia 76ers matched a franchise record with their 14th consecutive victory, 109-97 over the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday.

Ben Simmons added 16 points, seven rebounds and nine assists, and Robert Covington had 15 points and 10 rebounds. Two years after going 10-72, the Sixers (50-30) clinched home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs and secured their first 50-win season since Allen Iverson's 2000-01 team, which lost in the Finals.

The only other time the Sixers won 14 straight in a single season, Dr. J and Moses Malone delivered Philadelphia its last NBA title in 1983.

Harrison Barnes scored 21 points on 9-of-25 shooting, and Dennis Smith Jr. added 20 points for the Mavericks, who have lost three straight and six of seven.

The undermanned Mavs were no match for the Sixers, who won their sixth in a row without injured All-Star Joel Embiid and moved a game ahead of idle Cleveland for the No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs with two games left.

Philadelphia played a more up-tempo style without the 7-foot-2 Embiid, who is out until at least the start of the playoffs because of an orbital fracture in his left eye.

Two days after an emotional win over Cleveland, Simmons keyed a 17-3 second-quarter run by assisting on Covington's consecutive 3-pointers before his twisting layup in traffic that made it 50-34.

The Sixers led by 19 before Smith helped get the Mavs within four points late in the third quarter. But the Sixers quickly got the lead back to double figures early in the final quarter

Dallas shot 11 of 40 from 3-point range in its final road game of the season.

TIP-INS

Mavericks: Barnes started 0 of 7 from the field and missed his first three free throws. ... Smith got a first-quarter technical foul for trash-talking Markelle Fultz after a driving layup. . Dallas finished 9-32 on the road.

76ers: The 1982-83 Sixers won 14 straight from Dec. 21-Jan. 21. ... Philadelphia won 18 straight over two seasons in 1966. ... The Sixers last lost March 13 to Indiana. ... Fultz got almost all the backup minutes at point guard. T.J. McConnell didn't play until final minutes. ... Ersan Ilyasova had 11 points and 12 rebounds.

EMBIID UPDATE

Sixers coach Brett Brown said Embiid could resume conditioning and shooting as soon as Monday.

LOTTERY LOWDOWN

The Mavericks ensured they will stay below Orlando and keep the fourth-worst record in the NBA. Only Atlanta, Memphis and Phoenix have poorer records.

UP NEXT

Mavericks: Season finale Tuesday night at home vs. Phoenix.

76ers: Monday night at Atlanta.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

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<![CDATA[Dirk Out, Has Ankle Surgery]]>Thu, 05 Apr 2018 12:43:28 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-912839320.jpg

Dirk Nowitzki's 20th season is over a few games early after the Dallas Mavericks star had surgery on his left ankle.

The team said Thursday that Nowitzki underwent a procedure to clear out unhealthy tissue, called surgical debridement. It was performed at a Dallas medical clinic.

The 39-year-old Nowitzki played his final game of the season at home against Portland on Tuesday. He has said he plans to return for a 21st season for the only NBA team he has ever played for.

The 2007 NBA MVP and 2011 Finals MVP when Dallas won its only title, Nowitzki averaged 12 points and 5.7 rebounds in 77 games, a record for a player's 20th season.

After games at Detroit and Philadelphia, the lottery-bound Mavericks finish the season at home Tuesday against Phoenix.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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<![CDATA[Jamel Artris Has Career-High 18, Magic Hold Off Mavs]]>Wed, 04 Apr 2018 22:52:26 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dallas-Mavericks-Logo.jpg

The Orlando Magic finished off the depleted Dallas Mavericks with their G League players Wednesday night.

Jamel Artis, Khem Birch and Rodney Purvis, players who spent most of the season playing for the NBA G League's Lakeland Magic, combined for 16 of Orlando's 28 points in the fourth quarter of a 105-100 victory.

"It was a great experience for them," Magic coach Frank Vogel said. "For those guys to not only get overall minutes, but closing minutes in end-of-game situations, all those things are valuable for our young guys."

Artis had 18 points for his second straight career high. He was coming off a 16-point game Tuesday night in a victory at New York.

"I love the G League. The guys that were there, we built a family, built a bond," he said. "It's the experience that we went through. It's a path. Maybe I took the long way, but I still have a lot of work to do and I'm going to continue to build every day."

Purvis, another undrafted rookie, hit two straight jumpers after the Mavericks had pulled to within three early in the fourth quarter.

"It brings back a lot of memories and I hope we can be out here a lot more in the future," he said. "It's just good having that camaraderie . . . We just go out there and try to bring a lot of energy and play the game the right way."

Aaron Gordon led the Magic with 20 points without playing in the fourth quarter. Gordon scored 16 points in the first quarter, leading the Magic to an early 14-point lead. Bismack Biyombo had 12 points, 12 rebounds and a career-high five assists.

Jalen Jones led Dallas with 15 points. Johnathan Motley added 14 points and eight rebounds in his first NBA start, and Kyle Collinsworth came off the bench for 14 points and nine rebounds.

The Mavericks, who have lost 12 of 15, listed seven players out with injuries including Dirk Nowitzki, the 19-year veteran who missed only his second game of the season.

Point guard J.J. Berea, the only Maverick to start in Tuesday night's win and again Wednesday night, sat out the second half with an apparent oblique strain.

"I'm making sure that nothing is wrong and it doesn't get worse," he said. "I'm going back to Dallas and make sure."

Two straight dunks by Motley got Dallas back in the game in the second quarter and the Mavericks kept it close for the rest of the way. Dorian Finney-Smith missed an open 3-pointer that could have put Dallas ahead with just over two minutes left.

NEXT MEN UP

The Mavericks went with four different starters after a win over Portland on Tuesday night. "It's the NBA and it's a dynamic league and things happen. They've got a lot of guys out, too," said Dallas coach Rick Carlisle. In their 79th game, the Mavericks started five players who had started a total of 22 games for them this season.

TIP-INS

Mavericks: Nowitzki, who played 25 minutes Tuesday night in a win over Portland, did not make the trip. "There'll be more information tomorrow," Carlisle said. "That's really all I'm authorized to say at this point." . . . G Dennis Smith (left knee) and F Harrison Barnes (rest) also sat out the game.

Magic: C Nikola Vucevic (rest), F Jonathan Isaac (left ankle), G Jonathon Simmons (right wrist) and G Evan Fournier (left knee) did not play. . . . Isaac has missed 51 games in his rookie season.

UP NEXT

Mavericks: At Detroit on Friday night.

Magic: Host Charlotte on Friday night.

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<![CDATA[Mavs eGaming Selects Artreyo "Dimez" Boyd as Draft Pick ]]>Wed, 04 Apr 2018 17:17:58 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Mavs_CEO_1_on_1_2018_03_03_22_02_23.jpg

With the first ever pick in the NBA 2K League Draft, Mavs gaming announces their selection of Artreyo “Dimez” Boyd.

Dimez, 23-years-old, grew up in Cleveland and has been playing NBA 2K since he was a young kid, using the competitive gaming as an outlet to stay away from negativity.

He is part of one of the most dominant Pro/Am teams since the release of the game and not only qualified, but won last’s NBA All-Star 2K Tournament winning the grand prize of $250,000.


After hearing that he was selected by Mavs Gaming, Dimez said, “Number 1 pick, baby! Can’t wait to get to Mavs Gaming, and start working, y’all! We know what time it is—we’re getting a championship, period. Nobody’s stopping us, let’s get ‘em!”

For more updates, check out Twitter https://twitter.com/nbc5stevewright. For official NBA 2K League Content, visit NBA Media Central https://mediacentral.nba.com/.


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<![CDATA[Smith highlight helps Mavs top playoff-bound Blazers]]>Tue, 03 Apr 2018 22:25:58 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dallas-Mavericks-Logo.jpg

Dennis Smith Jr. scored 18 points, including a highlight-reel dunk to help keep the lottery-bound Dallas Mavericks ahead in a 115-109 win over Portland on Tuesday night, delaying for now the Trail Blazers' hopes of clinching home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs.

A hodge-podge lineup kept the Mavericks in front in the fourth quarter, with Maxi Kleber giving them their biggest lead at 104-94 on a 3-pointer with 3:13 remaining.

But Smith, the rookie first-round pick Dallas hopes to build its future around, was back on the floor with the Blazers trailing by six when he beat Damian Lillard to a loose ball , poked it past the star Portland guard, ran it down and bounced it one more time before leaping for the slam.

Smith, who had another layup to push the lead back to seven in the final minute, also led the Mavericks with eight assists and tied Kleber for the team high in rebounds with eight. Kleber scored nine points.

Lillard scored 29 for the Blazers, who could have clinched home court for the first time in five straight playoff appearances under coach Terry Stotts with a win and losses by Oklahoma City and Utah. Portland qualified for the playoffs with Sunday's win over Memphis.

Harrison Barnes, J.J. Barea and Yogi Ferrell scored 15 apiece as the Mavericks avoided getting swept by Portland in a season series for the first time since 1998-99.

CJ McCollum scored 16, but he and Lillard combined to go 2 of 15 from 3-point range as the Blazers shot 25 percent (10 of 40) from behind the arc. Jusuf Nurkic had 15 points and 13 rebounds.

TIP-INS

Trail Blazers: G Shabazz Napier, the Final Four most outstanding player when Connecticut won the NCAA title at the home of the Dallas Cowboys four years ago, was 4 of 4 from 3 and had 13 points. ... Lillard has scored at least 25 points in nine of his past 10 games against Dallas. ... Nurkic had his team-leading 24th double-double of the season.

Mavericks: Dirk Nowitzki missed his first five 3-point tries but finished 3 of 10 and had 14 points. ... Dwight Powell was the sixth player in double figures with 12 points. ... Dallas went without a turnover in the second and third quarters and finished with seven.

NO MORE NOEL

Dallas center Nerlens Noel was suspended for the final five games of the season for violating the NBA's anti-drug program. The suspension ended a lost season when Noel was hoping to showcase himself after failed negotiations in the offseason ended with him taking the team's qualifying offer of just $4.1 million for one season as a restricted free agent. The Mavericks acquired him at the trading deadline last season.

Noel appeared to fall out of favor with coach Rick Carlisle early this season before the announcement that he was having surgery for a torn ligament in his left thumb. But Carlisle praised him before the game, saying his respect for Noel went up when the 23-year-old came to his coach after a game in Sacramento last week to tell him about the looming suspension.

"He was contrite," Carlisle said. "What I can tell you without a shadow of a doubt is this guy has been a terrific guy to be around."

Noel played just 30 games, averaging 4.4 points and 5.6 rebounds in 16 minutes in his fourth season. He will be an unrestricted free agent this summer.

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UP NEXT

Trail Blazers: At NBA-leading Houston on Thursday.

Mavericks: Start of three-game road trip Wednesday at Orlando.

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<![CDATA[Mavs' Noel Gets 5-Game Drug Suspension From NBA]]>Tue, 03 Apr 2018 14:16:05 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/194*120/GettyImages-6454053361.jpg

Dallas Mavericks center Nerlens Noel and Utah Jazz forward Thabo Sefolosha have been suspended five games for violating the NBA's anti-drug program.

The league announced the suspensions Tuesday. Noel's ban will cover the final five games of the season for the lottery-bound Mavericks, starting Tuesday night against Portland.

Sefolosha had surgery on the MCL in his right knee in January and hasn't returned. His suspension will begin in the next regular-season or playoff game when he is eligible and physically able to play.

Noel's suspension ends a lost season for a player trying to earn a long-term contract after failed negotiations last offseason resulted in him signing the team's qualifying offer of just $4.1 million for one year.

Noel played just 30 games, with most of the missed time coming after surgery for a torn ligament in his left thumb in December. He averaged 4.4 points and 5.6 rebounds in 16 minutes a game in his fourth season in the league.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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<![CDATA[Cavaliers Struggle Before Beating Mavericks, 98-87]]>Sun, 01 Apr 2018 19:57:26 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dallas-Mavericks-Logo.jpg

LeBron James struggled before extending his record double-digit scoring streak to 868 games and the Cleveland Cavaliers had a rough time with Dallas before putting away the lottery-bound Mavericks 98-87 on Sunday night.

James, who broke Michael Jordan's NBA mark for consecutive games with at least 10 points on Friday night, didn't reach 10 until 7:59 remained. He finished just 5 of 21 from the field but made a pair of 3-pointers as the Cavs finally pulled away with a 15-2 run in the fourth quarter.

Harrison Barnes scored 30 points to lead Dallas, which has dropped eight of nine. Dirk Nowitzki scored nine points in possibly the 39-year-old's final career game in Cleveland.

The Cavs were in danger of sliding into fifth place behind Philadelphia and Indiana before waking up in the fourth quarter. They trailed 81-79 before going on an 11-0 run that was capped by a 3 from James, who spent part of Saturday night on stage with pop superstar Justin Timberlake.

Nowitzki was questionable with an ankle issue but started his 76th game this season, a credit to his durability and dedication. "He's another guy that's just so extremely meticulous with his approach," coach Rick Carlisle said. "He changed his diet about 12 years ago or 13 years ago and went to very specific kinds of foods. Drinking a lot of water. There's a level of consistency there that is amazing."

Nowitzki and James are ranked sixth and seventh, respectively, on the NBA's career scoring list. And while they're among the greatest players of this generation, Carlisle says they resemble players of yesteryear.

"The thing you love to see is a guy like LeBron James and a guy like Dirk that are new-age athletes from the standpoint of just an amazing level of skill, commitment, all kind of stuff, but old school in their approach and particularly old school in their appreciation for the Oscars and the Russells and the Chamberlains and the Wests and those kind of guys. That's extremely special."

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

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<![CDATA[Towns, Crawford Help Wolves Edge Mavs ]]>Fri, 30 Mar 2018 23:34:02 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-912839320.jpg

Karl-Anthony Towns was ready to set the pick to free Jamal Crawford for the game-clinching shot.

Crawford waved him off and made the shot anyway.

Towns had 21 points and 20 rebounds, Crawford scored 24 points and the Minnesota Timberwolves held off the Dallas Mavericks 93-92 on Friday night to gain ground in the tight Western Conference playoff race.

Crawford scored 13 in the fourth quarter, none bigger than his 17-footer with 9.6 seconds left to put his team up by four.

"That was a cold-blooded shot," Towns said. "That was one of the coldest shots I've ever seen. There was more than adequate time to set a pick, but when you're in a zone like that . it was his gym tonight."

After Minnesota shot just 34 percent in the first half and trailed until midway through the third quarter, Crawford hit three consecutive shots, including a 3, over a 1:14 stretch of the fourth quarter to give Minnesota a 74-68 lead. Nemanja Bjelica, scoreless for the first three quarters, hit two 3s to extend it to 85-73.

The Mavericks got within 91-89 on the second of consecutive layups by Dennis Smith Jr. off a steal with 28.3 seconds to play, before Crawford posted up the smaller Yogi Ferrell and drained his jumper.

"(Coach Tom Thibodeau) and those guys put me in great situations," Crawford said. "I had the easy part, just making shots."

Ferrell hit a 3 with 1.3 seconds left, but the Mavericks were not over the limit in fouls and could not foul the Wolves twice in the remaining time.

Harrison Barnes had 19 points, and Smith had 17 for Dallas, which is using its remaining games to build lineups around its two young stars.

"I feel like the more I learn to play with H that would be better for the future, so we're trying to build that chemistry as soon as possible," Smith said.

Minnesota entered the night in seventh place in the bunched-up Western Conference but moved into fifth with losses by Oklahoma City and New Orleans. Just three games separated fourth place from 10th in the West.

After trailing by as many as nine in the first half, the Wolves scored five points in the final 2.3 seconds of the half to get within 46-44 at the break. Crawford hit a 3-pointer off Towns' offensive rebound, and then Towns scored just before the buzzer after Dallas' Maxi Kleber inbounded the ball right to him.

"We made some hustle plays at the end of the half," Thibodeau said. "A hustle play can trigger a run, and I thought that gave us good life coming out (after halftime)."

BUTLER CLEARED FOR CONTACT

Wolves guard Jimmy Butler made the trip to Dallas and has been cleared for contact drills, using a brace on his right knee.

"He had a good workout, did the shoot-around and stayed and played after," Thibodeau said. "He's been diligent with the rehab, going twice a day. He went through the non-contact great, didn't have any problems. This was the next step."

Thibodeau didn't put a timeline on Butler's return. Butler had meniscus surgery on Feb. 25, and Minnesota is now 8-7 in the games he has missed.

While Butler did not talk to reporters, he stood by Crawford's side in the locker room and commented on some of his teammate's statements.

One example: When Crawford praised Butler for being a virtual coach on the sidelines as he recovers from his injury, Butler chimed in: "Jimmy gets on my nerves all the time."

TIP-INS

Timberwolves: Wolves assistant coach Rick Brunson will stay in Texas to watch his son Jalen lead Villanova in the NCAA national semifinals against Kansas on Saturday in San Antonio. ... The Wolves swept the season series from the Mavs, 4-0. ... The Wolves play seventh-place Utah on Sunday and play 10th-place Denver twice over their final five games.

Mavericks: Nowitzki set an NBA record by playing in his 75th game this season, the most by a player in his 20th season in the league. ... G J.J. Barea sat out for personal reasons.

UP NEXT

Timberwolves: Host Utah on Sunday.

Mavericks: At Cleveland on Sunday. Dallas plays four of its final six on the road.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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<![CDATA[Dallas Middle School Student’s Business Pitch Impresses Cuban]]>Sat, 24 Mar 2018 22:51:47 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/mark_cuban_sports.jpg

At a middle school entrepreneurial pitch competition in Dallas, Josiah Benson’s request for help for his charitable organization impressed the panel of judges, including Mavericks owner Mark Cuban.]]>
<![CDATA[Dwight Howard has 23 Rebounds, Hornets Hold off Mavs]]>Sat, 24 Mar 2018 22:45:55 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dallas-Mavericks-Logo.jpg

Dwight Howard had 23 rebounds and 18 points to cap an eventful four days and the Charlotte Hornets held off the Dallas Mavericks 102-98 on Saturday night for their third straight victory.

Howard had a career-high 30 rebounds and scored 32 points against Brooklyn on Wednesday night, then served a one-game suspension for his 16th technical foul of the season as Charlotte beat Memphis 140-79 on Thursday night.

Charlotte led by as many as 15 points, but Dallas cut it to 87-86 on two of Yogi Ferrell's 11 fourth-quarter points.

The Mavericks had a chance to win after rebounding a miss by Charlotte's Jeremy Lamb, but Kemba Walker stole the ball from Dennis Smith Jr. and Dallas had to foul Marvin Williams with five seconds left. He made both free throws.

Dallas has lost five games in a row.

Walker scored 24 points, and Smith led the Mavericks with 21.

Lamb had 14 points, and Malik Monk scored 11 for the Hornets.

Dallas' Harrison Barnes scored 18 points, Ferrell finished with 16, Doug McDermott had 14 and J.J. Barea added 10. Nerlens Noel had 10 points and 12 rebounds.

After three quarters, the Hornets had a 79-70 lead.

Dallas led 27-22 after the first quarter, but the Hornets came back to tie the score 30-30 on a 3-point shot by Frank Kaminsky. A 17-7 run capped by Malik Monk's 3-pointer gave Charlotte a 47-37 lead. Dallas reduced the margin to six points, 54-48, at halftime.

Monk scored eight points in the second quarter, and Kaminsky had seven.

TIP-INS

Hornets: Howard's double-double was his 45th this season. He leads active players with 711 career double-doubles. ... Lamb, an 86 percent free throw shooter, missed both attempts with 2:29 left in the first half.

Mavericks: Smith returned after missing two games because of a sprained left ankle. ... Harrison Barnes' nine first-half points all came on three 3-pointers in a 2:15 span in the first quarter. Dallas went from trailing 10-9 to a 20-13 lead during that spurt.

UP NEXT

Hornets: Host New York on Monday night.

Mavericks: At Sacramento on Tuesday night.

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<![CDATA[Veteran Dirk Nowitzki Can't Be Fooled]]>Thu, 22 Mar 2018 05:07:21 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-912839320.jpg

After 20 years in the NBA, Dirk Nowitzki can't be fooled.

He knows when teams aren't giving an honest effort, when they are out there playing but not playing to win.

"It's pretty obvious," Nowitzki said.

Easy to spot, the NBA is finding tanking not so easy to stop.

It's a problem for the league office, which has fined owners, chastised teams and sent out league-wide memos on the topic. And with big brother watching, teams are abiding by the letter of the law, but arguably not the spirit of its intent.

Tanking is viewed as a solution -- sometimes the only one -- for some teams and their fans, hoping something good can come from being bad if they cash in at the lottery and land a top draft pick.

Nearly a third of the 30 NBA teams are brutally bad this season and it's hard to believe some aren't losing on purpose. Phoenix, Memphis, Atlanta, Orlando, Dallas, Sacramento, Brooklyn, Chicago and New York should all lose 50 or more games, and only the Nets aren't motivated to lose -- they don't own their first-round pick.

Everyone else comes under suspicion when something strange happens:

-- What was leading scorer Dennis Schroder doing on the bench for the entire fourth quarter of Atlanta's one-point victory over Phoenix on March 4?

-- Why did Tyreke Evans foul Chicago rookie Antonio Blakeney attempting a 3-pointer with 1.8 seconds left and Memphis leading Chicago by one?

-- Are some of these guys on injury lists really hurt?

New York hosted its own version of March Badness over the last week, with the Knicks and Nets both playing Nowitzki's Mavericks, before Memphis and Chicago came to the city on the same sad Monday. That's five of the nine bottom teams -- including the only two known to have been contacted by the league office because of their tactics.

Here's how it looks where currently winning really doesn't seem to be everything:

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CUBAN "MESSED THAT UP"

Tanking is a discussion for fans and media. Nobody from a team ever dares talk about losing on purpose.

Except Mark Cuban.

When the Dallas owner went on Hall of Famer Julius Erving's podcast in February and said he told his players that "losing is our best option," the league fined him $600,000 for "public statements detrimental to the NBA."

That put a spotlight on the Mavericks. So if they were planning on packing it in and trying to add more young legs in the draft for Nowitzki's expected swan song, they had to change plans.

"Well, I think Mark messed that up for us," Nowitzki said, with a straight face.

They went on a recent stretch of three wins in four games -- two were against the Grizzlies and Knicks -- and Nowitzki insists teams are still tanking despite the league's mandate.

"There's obviously some teams that are going for some losses now, and we're one of the teams that still wants to win and we'll see where we end up at the end in the draft," he said. "But we're still playing. We want to have a winning culture for our young guys."

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JUST THAT BAD?

If the Knicks are tanking, they are being out-tanked.

New York went 1-16 in a recent 17-game stretch, managing only to beat fellow lottery-bound Orlando, in a freefall that should've been able to take the Knicks close to the bottom. Instead, they remarkably remain the best of the worst, remaining ahead of the other eight in the standings -- which means, behind them in lottery odds.

With Kristaps Porzingis lost to a torn ACL last month and Carmelo Anthony traded in the offseason, the Knicks don't have the talent to win often. But coach Jeff Hornacek believes there's a reason the other bad teams can't win, either.

"The top teams are always there but I think that middle group, teams that are seeded in the playoffs 7, 8, guys that are just outside that, those are some pretty good teams nowadays," Hornacek said. "So if you are one of those bottom teams, you used to be able to beat those teams occasionally. Now it's tough to beat those guys, too."

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INJURIES & TANKING

Chicago came to New York on Monday night without Zach LaVine, Lauri Markkanen and Kris Dunn, its three top scorers. Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg said they were all hurt, and people down the street at the league office were likely wondering.

When the Bulls stopped playing starters Robin Lopez and Justin Holiday earlier this season, the league reminded them of the new resting rules, which allow Commissioner Adam Silver to fine teams who sit multiple healthy starters in road games.

So the Bulls started playing Lopez and Holiday again -- sort of.

They went the whole first quarter at Detroit on March 9, combining for 15 points as the Bulls led by five. Neither got off the bench again, and the Pistons outscored them by 21 the rest of the way.

But Hoiberg wasn't worried about creating any further trouble by playing without the three players acquired in the Jimmy Butler trade with Minnesota last summer. He insists they were injured.

"When they're ready to go," Hoiberg said, "they're going to be back out there playing again."

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FANS' TAKE

A matchup of 24-45 vs. 25-45 is often one to avoid, but longtime Chicago fan Louis Rodriguez was thrilled to catch Bulls-Knicks. He's just not used to seeing his favorite team attempt to lose.

"The Bulls franchise is a legendary franchise and it won't be the last time we see them No. 1," he said.

Dressed in his Bulls shirt and red hat, he came from Naugatuck, Connecticut, with his step-sister Shannon Bahme, who was wearing a Knicks shirt.

The Knicks have been losing for years, so it's easier for their fans to accept being bad. Some remember three years ago, when back-to-back victories in the final week of a 17-win season knocked them out of pole position in the lottery. Minnesota beat them by a game for the worst record, then won the lottery and the right to draft All-Star Karl-Anthony Towns.

So are the Knicks tanking?

"I think they're losing on purpose," Bahme said. "They've got to be. I mean, you can't play that bad. Hornacek ... just puts in people that do not belong in."

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THE YOUNG AND THE RESTING

Tyreke Evans is Memphis' leading scorer, a former rookie of the year who has recovered from injuries to regain his old form.

Yet Monday, the Grizzlies sat him out for longer looks at Andrew Harrison and Briante Weber. Oh, and Marc Gasol was also out with the flu.

Coaches argue that's not tanking, but merely development and evaluation of younger players. Harrison took a contested 3-pointer for a final shot that wasn't close in a 118-115 loss to Brooklyn.

He took the blame, but coach J.B. Bickerstaff indicated he'll get more chances.

"It's learning how to win. And consistency and learning how to win are the two hardest things to develop in this league," he said. "So the only way you learn is through experience in these situations."

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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<![CDATA[Davis Leads Pelicans Past Mavericks]]>Tue, 20 Mar 2018 23:26:06 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-912839320.jpg

The moment Anthony Davis initiated a spin move to create separation in the paint between him and Mavericks center Nerlens Noel, Pelicans guard Rajon Rondo sent a lob from the left wing to the far side of the rim.

Davis located the ball as he sprang upward, corralled it with one hand high above his head and slammed it through as fans rose to their feet and howled, clearly enthralled by the latest spectacle to which they'd been treated by their 6-foot-10, five-time All-Star.

"I don't know how I did that," Davis said. "It just happens. Me and Rondo got a good chemistry with that. We've got some code words that we use when we want to try to look for it and I told him just throw it."

Davis and Rondo were certainly speaking the same language against Dallas.

Davis scored 37 points on 15-of-21 shooting, Rondo had 19 points and 14 assists, and the New Orleans Pelicans overcame the absence of Jrue Holiday to beat the Mavericks 115-105 on Tuesday night.

Rondo "just makes the game a lot easier for me, honestly, so I don't really have to force shots," said Davis, whose baskets included five layups and four dunks. "I go out there and I just play."

Davis created his own shots, too. He hit a couple 3s, fadeaways and floaters in the type of dynamic, prolific performance the Pelicans have come to expect.

"You look up he has 15 (points), a few minutes go by, he has 20, 24, by the end of the night he's pushing 40," Pelicans forward Solomon Hill said.

Ian Clark added 19 points for the Pelicans, who are in a tight, seven-team race for one of the final five Western Conference playoff spots. Cheick Diallo had his second straight game scoring in double figures to go with 14 rebounds for New Orleans, which pulled a game behind Oklahoma City for the fourth seed in the West after the Thunder's loss to Boston.

Dirk Nowitzki and Harrison Barnes each scored 19 for the Mavericks, who've lost three straight. Yogi Ferrell added 18 points for Dallas, which kept the game competitive most of the way despite being out of playoff contention and without guard Dennis Smith Jr.

"We played hard, you know? We had some breakdowns defensively, but they are a very good offensive team," Mavs coach rick Carlisle said. "This is one of the better teams in the West in recent weeks and we were right there with them on the road."

The Mavs did not trail by more than eight points until Rondo's step-back jumper made it 112-103 with 1:45 left. Dallas even led late in the third quarter when Ferrell's 18-footer made it 80-77, but Davis tied it with a 3 at the horn.

Dallas was still as close 106-103 after J.J. Barea's floater with 2:52 left, but the Pelicans scored the next six points, highlighted Rondo's lob to Davis for another alley-oop dunk.

The Mavericks led by as many as 13 points in the second quarter after a 14-2 run. New Orleans rallied to take the lead before halftime, however, thanks to a 15-2 run that began with Larry Drew's 3 and featured 10 points by Davis and the Pelicans led 54-52 at halftime after Diallo's jumper.

TIP-INS

Mavericks: Smith was sitting out his 10th game this season and first since spraining his left ankle during a loss at Brooklyn on Saturday night. His absence meant Dallas was missing 15 points per game for the season, and 20 points per game in three meetings with New Orleans. ... Barea finished with 10 points.

Pelicans: Shot 52.7 percent (48 of 91) as a team. ... Holiday was sitting out his first game this season. Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said he was hoping for a quick recovery for Holiday, who averages 19 points and whose illness came as the Pelicans began a string of three games in five nights. ... Hill started but played only 11 minutes in his second game this season after rehabilitating from a torn hamstring. He said he feels good and hopes to play more in the coming nights.

CLARK'S CONFIDENCE:

The Pelicans are looking increasingly to Clark as a scoring option recently. Acquired last offseason in free agency, he had a slow start in New Orleans, but has averaged 14.3 points in a reserve role during his past six games.

"Really confident. These guys in this locker room, they give me the most confidence. They've been telling me to play my game and be aggressive. That's what I'm trying to do," Clark said. "It was just me being more comfortable."

UP NEXT

Mavericks: Host Utah on Thursday night.

Pelicans: Host Indiana on Wednesday night.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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<![CDATA[Nets Blow Double-Digit Lead, Still Beat Mavs]]>Sat, 17 Mar 2018 22:58:04 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dallas-Mavericks-Logo.jpg

Rondae Hollis-Jefferson scored 23 points, D'Angelo Russell had 22 and the Brooklyn Nets recovered after blowing a double-digit lead to beat the Dallas Mavericks 114-106 on Saturday night.

DeMarre Carroll had 19 points and 12 rebounds, and Caris LeVert and Joe Harris each chipped in 11 points for the Nets, who snapped a three-game skid.

Dallas rookie Dennis Smith Jr. scored 21 points but left with 3:30 remaining in the third quarter after spraining his left ankle. Dwight Powell had 18 points and reserve Yogi Ferrell had 12 points and 12 assists for the Mavericks, who dressed only 10 players.

Dallas was also sluggish early after losing in overtime Friday night at Toronto. The Nets took advantage, jumping to an 11-0 lead in the first quarter.

Brooklyn led by 14 points before the Mavericks recovered late in the second quarter, cutting the lead to 59-56 with 9-2 run to end the half.

Smith gave Dallas its first lead of the game in the third quarter with 8:06 remaining, stripping the ball from Russell and dunking to cap an 8-2 run that put the Mavericks ahead 70-68. Dirk Nowitzki later hit a 3 and Smith followed with a pull-up jumper to put the Mavs up 80-70 with 5:36 left before Brooklyn charged back.

STILL GOING STRONG

Nowitzki played in his 1,463rd game, moving past Kevin Garnett into fifth place in the NBA career list. The 39-year-old Nowitzki, who last summer signed on for two more years with the Mavericks, also played Friday night in Toronto and has played in 10 back-to-back sets this season.

TIP-INS

Mavericks: Veteran guard J.J. Barea was inactive due to a left rib muscle strain. Forwards Nerlens Noel and Harrison Barnes were held out to rest.

Nets: Guard Allen Crabbe (illness) was ruled out. He was replaced in the starting five by reserve Joe Harris. ... Have eclipsed 30 points in the first quarter of their last three games. ... F Dante Cunningham was held out due to a concussion he suffered Friday night in Philadelphia.

UP NEXT

Mavericks: Close out their four-game trip at New Orleans on Tuesday.

Nets: Host Memphis on Monday.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

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<![CDATA[Barnes Scores 30, Mavs Hand Knicks Eighth Straight Loss]]>Tue, 13 Mar 2018 21:27:16 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dallas-Mavericks-Logo.jpg

Harrison Barnes scored 30 points and the Dallas Mavericks turned around the game in the third quarter on their way to a 110-97 victory Tuesday night over the New York Knicks, who lost their eighth straight game.

Dallas couldn't stop New York early, and then dominated the second half to win for the third time in four games, with only a loss to NBA-leading Houston in that stretch.

Rookie Dennis Smith Jr. added 17 points for the Mavs and Dirk Nowitzki had 13. Yogi Ferrell finished with 10, but eight came during a game-changing 14-0 run in the third quarter.

Michael Beasley scored 21 and Tim Hardaway Jr. had 19 for the Knicks, who got a visit from Kristaps Porzingis before the game and then showed again that they have no hope of winning without him. They lost for the 16th time in 17 games, most coming since their All-Star forward tore his left ACL on Feb. 6.

This one looked as if it could be different when the Knicks made 17 of their first 24 shots against a defenseless Dallas defense. But the Mavs made enough shots of their own to stay in the game, then surged ahead after halftime.

It was tied at 64 before Barnes scored on a follow shot to start the 14-0 spurt that included two 3-pointers and another basket by Ferrell.

Dallas outscored New York 26-12 in the third.

New York closed within four in the fourth quarter as Trey Burke led a rally, but Smith made a 3-pointer and Barnes followed with four straight points to put it away.

TIP-INS

Mavericks: Dorian Finney-Smith started after sitting out against Houston while continuing his recovery from left quadriceps tendinitis.

Knicks: Enes Kanter (back spasms) and Lance Thomas (sprained right thumb) were back in the starting lineup. ... The Knicks signed F Troy Williams for the rest of the season after the expiration of his second 10-day contract. Williams averaged 8.1 points in eight games after signing the initial contract on Feb. 21.

PORZINGIS' PAIN

Porzingis said Tuesday there is no timetable for his return from his knee injury, which will keep him out the remainder of this season and at least some of the next. The All-Star forward was hurt upon landing after a dunk against Milwaukee on Feb. 6. The 7-foot-3 forward said there was sharp pain when the injury happened, but that he quickly felt better and thought he'd be able to go back into the game. But doctors sent him for testing, which revealed the tear.

"I was shocked at first. I couldn't believe that it happened to me, and then about 30 seconds later I said, `OK, what can I do now?"' Porzingis said. "Now it's just time for me to make a comeback and then I focused on the next thing, and that was prepare myself for the surgery."

LOTTERY LUCK

The Mavericks won the lottery Tuesday for the first pick in the inaugural NBA 2K League draft. Mavs Gaming will select first in the April 4 draft at Madison Square Garden, followed by Celtics Crossover Gaming and Jazz Gaming. Knicks Gaming will select ninth in the 17-team esports league.

UP NEXT

Mavericks: Visit Toronto on Friday.

Knicks: Host Philadelphia on Thursday.

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<![CDATA[Gordon, Paul Lead Harden-Less Rockets Past Mavericks]]>Sun, 11 Mar 2018 20:58:27 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dallas-Mavericks-Logo.jpg

Eric Gordon scored 26 points and Chris Paul had 24 points and 12 assists as the Houston Rockets, playing without James Harden, beat the Dallas Mavericks 105-82 on Sunday night.

The Rockets rested Harden because of a sore left knee, but had plenty of 3-point shooting even without their MVP candidate.

Houston, which had its 17-game win streak snapped Friday in Toronto, broke the game open in the third quarter by hitting their first six 3s of the period amid a 22-10 run. The Rockets finished 17-for-45 from beyond the arc.

Paul either scored or assisted on the first 20 points of the quarter and finished the quarter with 12 points and five assists as Houston outscored Dallas 32-16.

The Rockets moved 1 1/2 games ahead of Golden State for the best record in the NBA after the Warriors lost to Minnesota earlier Sunday. Houston also holds the tiebreaker on Golden State should the teams finish with identical records.

Houston swept the four-game season series from the Mavericks for the second year in a row. The Mavericks' last win over the Rockets came in the final week of the 2015-16 season, the last time Dallas made the playoffs and the last time Houston did not.

Dwight Powell led the Mavericks with 20 points, one short of his career high, on 9-of-11 shooting. Harrison Barnes added 14.

Houston went on an early 14-0 run behind eight points from Gordon to go up 17-3. The Mavericks came back, taking their first lead at 38-37 on Smith's lay-up with 4:31 left in the second quarter.

Dallas led by six with two minutes left in the half, but the Rockets scored eight of the last nine points to go up 48-47 at the break.

TIP-INS

Rockets: Coach Mike D'Antoni said Harden should be available Monday against San Antonio. The Rockets are 5-3 without him in the lineup. ... Houston used its 13th different starting lineup of the year. ... D'Antoni was on hand in nearby Frisco, Texas, to watch his alma mater Marshall, coached by his brother Dan, win the Conference USA Tournament final Saturday. The Thundering Herd beat Western Kentucky 67-66 for their first NCAA Tournament berth since 1987.

Mavericks: Barea assisted on nine of the Mavericks' first 10 field goals. ... Dallas signed F Jameel Warney to a 10-day contract. Warney has averaged 20 points in 40 games for the Mavericks' G-League affiliate, the Texas Legends. Warney entered in the fourth quarter and scored five points. ... Dorian Finney-Smith, who played Saturday after missing 51 with a quadriceps injury, sat out Sunday. Wesley Matthews and Salah Mejri also sat out for the Mavericks.

UP NEXT

Rockets: Host the Spurs on Monday for the second half of a back-to-back.

Mavericks: Start a four-game road trip Tuesday at the Knicks. Dallas plays 10 of its final 15 on the road.

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<![CDATA[Grizzlies Drop 17th Straight as Mavericks Roll to Win]]>Sat, 10 Mar 2018 23:03:02 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dallas-Mavericks-Logo.jpg

Harrison Barnes scored 25 points and the Dallas Mavericks beat Memphis 114-80 on Saturday night, extending the Grizzlies' losing streak to 17 games.

The Grizzlies (18-48), who have the longest losing streak in the NBA this season and the league's worst record, trailed by 26 points after shooting 26 percent in the first half and didn't lead after the 9:20 mark of the first quarter.

The only longer losing streaks in franchise history were skids of 23 and 19 games in the expansion season of 1995-96 in Vancouver. It's the longest losing streak in Memphis pro basketball history.

The Mavericks (21-45), also among the NBA's worst teams, allowed their fewest points in any half this season while building a 56-30 halftime lead on the way to their largest margin of victory this season. Barnes had 14 points in the first half, 10 of them on 11 free throws.

J.J. Barea scored 20 for Dallas, and Doug McDermott also had 20 for his highest total since coming to the Mavericks at the trading deadline.

Dillon Brooks led the Grizzlies with 17 points, and JaMychal Green had 14 points and 10 rebounds.

TIP-INS

Grizzlies: F Chandler Parsons still gets booed every time he touches the ball in Dallas. He took a maximum offer from the Grizzlies in the summer of 2016 coming off his second knee injury in as many seasons with the Mavericks, who hoped to sign him for less. Parsons scored nine points in 15 minutes. ... The road losing streak is at 14 games. Memphis hasn't won away from home in 2018.

Mavericks: F Dorian Finney-Smith played for the first time since Nov. 12, had seven points in 18 minutes. He missed 51 straight games with left knee quadriceps tendinitis and has missed 57 games overall. ... C Salah Mejri limped to the locker room grabbing his right leg in the first quarter after the leg got caught under Memphis C Deyonta Davis as both went to the floor. He didn't return, with the injury listed as a right hamstring strain.

TAKE IT EASY

Centers Marc Gasol of Memphis and Nerlens Noel of Dallas didn't play, with rest listed as the reason. The Mavericks also sat point guard Dennis Smith Jr. because of a left knee issue that also sidelined him the second and third games of his rookie season.

It's the same knee Smith had surgically repaired after a ligament tear in high school. He accelerated the rehab so he could play his only season at North Carolina State. Coach Rick Carlisle said he anticipated Smith would play Sunday against Houston.

GASOL'S ROLE

Gasol has expressed frustration at times this season, particularly when he hasn't played in the fourth quarter. When it happened recently at Chicago, he left without talking to reporters.

"Having not experienced something like this before, it's difficult," coach J.B. Bickerstaff said. "He's beginning to understand that he is a mentor to these younger guys now and he's helping them. He's teaching them. He's leading them. He's trying to show them how to play the game the right way."

UP NEXT

Grizzlies: Open three-game homestand Monday against Milwaukee.

Mavericks: Finish four-game homestand and back-to-back against Houston on Sunday.

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<![CDATA[Carlisle Impressed With How Noel Is Progressing]]>Fri, 09 Mar 2018 18:45:08 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/CARLISLE_ON_NOEL_FOR_WEB_1200x675_1181999683569.jpg

It's been a tough season for Mavericks Center Nerlens Noel. Rick Carlisle talks about how Noel is progressing and his plans for him the rest of the season.]]>
<![CDATA[Dirk Looking Forward To Facing Memphis]]>Fri, 09 Mar 2018 18:41:59 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-912839320.jpg

The Dallas Mavericks take on the Memphis Grizzlies Saturday. Dirk Nowitzki talks about the challenge of facing the Grizzlies and how they can build off their win against the Nuggets.

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<![CDATA[Carlisle Looking at the Big Picture While Struggling to Win Games]]>Thu, 08 Mar 2018 22:25:38 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/CARLISLE_ON_STRUGGLES_FOR_WEB_1200x675_1180961347663.jpg

The Dallas Mavericks are turning over the team with young players in the lineup. Coach Rick Carlisle talks about the challenges of staying focused while taking losing.]]>
<![CDATA[Rick Carlisle Stands By Mark Cuban]]>Thu, 08 Mar 2018 22:23:14 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/CARLISLE_ON_CUBAN_FOR_WEB_1200x675_1180958275552.jpg

Dallas Mavericks Head Coach Rick Carlisle tells why he's standing by Mark Cuban despite a past sexual assault allegation.]]>
<![CDATA[Mavs Gaming GM Suspended for Racist Tweet]]>Thu, 08 Mar 2018 07:37:04 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dallas-Mavericks-Logo.jpg

The Mavericks' front-office problems continued to grow on Wednesday when they suspended their general manager of Mavs Gaming, Roger Caneda, after a racist tweet from 2016 was uncovered, a source said.

There were further unconfirmed reports of more controversial comments on Twitter in 2017, although the source said it was uncertain whether Caneda's account had been hacked at that point.

Click here to read more from our partners at The Dallas Morning News.

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<![CDATA[NBA Reviewing Sexual Assault Allegations Against Mark Cuban]]>Thu, 08 Mar 2018 00:15:05 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Mark+Cuban3.jpg

The NBA says it is reviewing 2011 allegations of sexual assault against Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban and the decision by prosecutors not to pursue the case.

League spokesman Mike Bass said Wednesday the NBA was looking into the matter after the Willamette Week in Portland, Oregon, reported a woman's claim that Cuban reached inside her pants and penetrated her vagina with his finger while they were taking a picture in a Portland nightclub.

In an email to The Associated Press on Tuesday, Cuban wrote, "It didn't happen."

Cuban also provided a prosecutors' report detailing the decision not to file charges.

Prosecutors wrote that "there is no evidence to corroborate the complainant's statement and there is evidence contradicting the claim." The report also said the woman didn't want to proceed with the allegation.

The report Tuesday came about a week and half after a Sports Illustrated account that portrayed a hostile work environment for women in the front office of the Mavericks and included claims of inappropriate sexual conduct by former CEO Terdema Ussery. While Cuban wasn't implicated, the SI report raised questions about what he knew and when.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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<![CDATA[Ferrell, Nowitzki Lead Mavericks to Win Over Nuggets]]>Tue, 06 Mar 2018 23:14:41 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-912839320.jpg

Yogi Ferrell rode hot 3-point shooting to a season-high 24 points, Dirk Nowitzki also was strong from long range to score 17 and the Dallas Mavericks beat the Denver Nuggets 118-107 on Tuesday night.

Ferrell and Nowitzki both made their first five 3s, and Ferrell finished 9 of 11 from the field to help one of the NBA's worst teams hand the Nuggets a loss they didn't need in the tight Western Conference playoff race.

A second-year guard who came to Dallas on a 10-day contract last season, Ferrell finished 6 of 7 from long range. The 39-year-old Nowitzki, in his 20th season, all with the Mavericks, was 5 of 7.

Rookie Dennis Smith Jr. had 18 points and a career-high 11 assists as the Mavericks won for just the second time in nine games.

Wilson Chandler scored 21 points for the Nuggets, who couldn't follow up a win at Cleveland with a chance to sweep a three-game road trip. Dallas split the season series with Denver, with both teams winning both home games.

The Mavericks shot 56 percent from 3 (15 of 27) while Denver was at 31 percent (11 of 36) after making 19 of 35 in the win over the Cavaliers.

Nerlens Noel had a season-high 15 rebounds for Dallas, his only other game in double digits since the opener. He missed 42 games after surgery for a torn ligament in his left thumb.

TIP-INS

Nuggets: Nikola Jokic, who had 29 points and 18 rebounds in one of the wins over Dallas in Denver, had four points and nine boards. He was 0 of 4 from 3, including a couple of forced shots from behind the arc in the third quarter. ... Will Barton had 16 points, eight rebounds and seven assists.

Mavericks: G Wesley Matthews missed his second straight game with a left hip injury. ... Doug McDermott and Harrison Barnes had 15 points apiece, and Dwight Powell scored 14.

HARRIS HOMECOMING

Devin Harris played the Mavericks for the first time since a trade deadline deal that sent him to the Nuggets. After waving to the crowd following a video tribute late in the first quarter, Harris entered the game for the first time. He reached 10,000 points for his career in the first half and finished with seven points.

The 14th-year guard started his career with the Mavericks, who traded for him in the fifth spot in the 2004 draft. The Mavs traded him to the Nets to re-acquire Jason Kidd in 2008, and he was sent to Utah in 2011. Harris spent one year in Atlanta before returning to Dallas in 2013.

JERSEY SPONSOR

The Mavericks became the 21st team with a jersey sponsor when they announced a three-year deal with Dallas-based online marketplace 5miles. The LA Clippers were the 20th team with an announcement earlier in the day on a deal with the online dating site bumble.

UP NEXT

Nuggets: Host the Cavaliers on Wednesday. The Nuggets play LeBron James and company after winning 126-117 on Saturday in Cleveland.

Mavericks: Three days off before another home game against Memphis on Saturday.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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<![CDATA[Mavericks Partner With Dallas-Based App '5 Miles']]>Wed, 07 Mar 2018 05:07:31 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/214*120/mavs+5+miles.JPG

The Dallas Mavericks announced a new partnership on Tuesday at the American Airlines Center with 5 Miles, a Dallas-based app where buyers and sellers can trade goods.

"We've never done anything as big, as far as a branding and advertising, so this is definitely a big step up for us," said Garwin Chan, the chief financial officer for 5 Miles.

The announcement of the partnership comes just weeks after allegations of sexual misconduct against former Mavs team president Terdema Ussery.

"I think any negative headlines you see with a partner right before you announce a partnership is always going to have some impact," Chan said.

However, 5 Miles moved forward with the deal.

"We find Mark [Cuban]'s team to truthful, and they were very upfront with us as far as what going on, and how they are responding to it, so we've been able to take comfort in that," Chan said.

The orange "5 Miles" logo will soon be placed in the arena and on the Mavs players' jerseys.



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<![CDATA[Holiday Scores 30 as Pelicans Beat Mavericks]]>Sun, 04 Mar 2018 21:42:55 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dallas-Mavericks-Logo.jpg

Jrue Holiday scored 30 points, Nikola Mirotic added 24 in a rare start and the New Orleans Pelicans won their eighth in a row, 126-109 over the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday night.

On a night when his jumper wasn't falling, Anthony Davis had 23 points and 13 rebounds, scoring most of his points from inside 5 feet.

Holiday scored 19 in the first half as the Pelicans held a double-digit lead for most of the last three quarters, save for one fleeting Dallas run at the start of the fourth.

New Orleans has averaged 127 points during its streak and cleared 118 in all eight games.

Dirk Nowitzki scored a season-high 23 points for the Mavericks, passing Elvin Hayes for eighth all-time in field goals with 10,980.

Dallas opened the fourth quarter on a 9-0 run to get within 91-87, with Kyle Collinsworth scoring on a three-point play and Nowitzki and J.J. Barea hitting 3-pointers. After calling timeout, New Orleans answered with 10 straight points, including 3s by Holiday and Mirotic.

Dennis Smith Jr. also scored 23 for Dallas, which has lost three straight and 17 of 21.

Nowitzki scored 11 points in the first quarter, including a 3 at the buzzer, but New Orleans led 33-25 after one.

Holiday took advantage of the smaller Dallas guards to get inside, scoring 19 in the first half. Mirotic hit three 3s in a 19-8 run to start the second quarter, which gave the Pelicans their biggest lead at 19.

Dallas got within 10 in the third quarter and had the ball, but Smith threw away an outlet pass, and Davis and Ian Clark scored all of the Pelicans' points in a subsequent 12-4 run.

TIP-INS

Pelicans: Emeka Okafor sat out with a sprained right ankle. It was just the third time Okafor has not played since signing with the Pelicans on Feb. 3 after five seasons out of the NBA. "It's just one of those things that it's better to have one more day to recover from than stick him out there," coach Alvin Gentry said. Mirotic started in Okafor's place.

Mavericks: The Mavericks were without Wesley Matthews, who had a left hip injury. ... Scotty Hopson, signed Monday to a 10-day contract, saw his first action for the Mavericks after entering the game with 4:57 left in the first quarter. ... Coach Rick Carlisle said it's possible Dorian Finney-Smith could return to action later this week. Finney-Smith has missed 55 games with left quadriceps tendinitis.

UP NEXT

Pelicans: At the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday.

Mavericks: Host Denver on Tuesday.

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<![CDATA[One-on-One with Maverick's new CEO Cynthia Marshall]]>Sat, 03 Mar 2018 23:32:02 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Mavs_CEO_1_on_1_2018_03_03_22_02_23.jpg

NBC 5 Sports Director Newy Scruggs talks with the Dallas Maverick's new CEO Cynthia Marshall.]]>
<![CDATA[Portis Leads Late Rally, Bulls Beat Mavs]]>Fri, 02 Mar 2018 22:53:26 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dallas-Mavericks-Logo.jpg

Bobby Portis scored 22 points and made three straight shots during the decisive run late in the fourth quarter to help the Chicago Bulls roar back and beat the Dallas Mavericks 108-100 on Friday night.

Portis had 15 in the second half and Chicago used a 16-4 run in the final five minutes to end a five-game losing streak.

Kris Dunn finished with 18 points and rookie Lauri Markkanen had 17 points and 12 rebounds as Chicago won for just the third time in 16 games.

Harrison Barnes scored 26 points and rookie Dennis Smith Jr. had 25 as Dallas lost for the 13th time in 16 games. The Mavericks have dropped six straight on the road.

Portis made a layup with 4:09 left to tie it at 96, then hit a turnaround jumper with 3:44 remaining to give Chicago its first lead. Portis followed up with a layup to make it 100-96.

Then 3-point shots by Dunn and Markkanen and a jumper by Zach LaVine, who had 16 points, sent the Bulls to the win.

Dirk Nowitzki had 18 points. The 39-year-old German's season high was 22 against the Lakers on Feb. 10.

For most of the game, Smith stood out against Markkanen in a matchup of 20-year-old rookies. Markkanen entered fourth in rookie scoring (14.8 points per game) and Smith fifth (14.6).

Dallas settled for a 49-47 lead at the half after opening an 11-point lead in the first quarter and 14-point advantage in the second. The Mavericks raced ahead 10-0 just 3:12 in on Barnes' driving dunk and went up 21-10 on Smith's jumper with 4:51 left.

Dallas stretched the lead to 42-28 on JJ Barea's 3-pointer 4:04 into the second quarter, but an 11-0 run, capped by LaVine's three-point play, got the Bulls back into the game.

The Mavericks made their first five field goal attempts of the third, including consecutive 3s by Wesley Matthews, Smith and Barnes to open the lead to 62-52. Dallas stretched the lead to 73-59 on Smith's running layup midway through the quarter.

TIP-INS

Mavericks: Smith scored 15 points in the first half on 6-of-9 shooting. . Barnes scored in 13 in the first half, going 6 for 12 from the floor. . Forward Nerlens Noel played 15 minutes in his second game back from thumb surgery.

Bulls: Center Robin Lopez was inactive for a fifth straight game. . Forward Jarell Eddie, who was signed to a 10-day contract, was assigned to the G League Windy City Bulls on Friday.

TAKING AMES

Three of four NBA players from Ames, Iowa were in the building. Barnes and fellow Dallas forward Doug McDermott, along with Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg, all attended Ames High School. Hoiberg went on to play at Iowa State, located in Ames, before 10 NBA seasons. He returned to Iowa State to coach for six seasons.

Dick Gibbs, 69, was the first Ames high school prrduct to play in the NBA (1971-76)

UP NEXT

Mavericks: Host New Orleans on Sunday night in the opener of a four-game homestand.

Bulls: Host Boston on Monday night.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

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<![CDATA[Westbrook Hits 30 on OT Clincher as Thunder Top Mavs]]>Thu, 01 Mar 2018 00:37:28 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dallas-Mavericks-Logo.jpg

Russell Westbrook didn't waste much time putting just his second single-digit scoring game of the season behind him.

The Oklahoma City star won it with the play that wrapped up his 20th game with at least 30 points.

Westbrook's go-ahead three-point play in the final minute of overtime put him at 30, and the Thunder beat the Dallas Mavericks 111-110 on Wednesday night.

Westbrook, who had 11 rebounds and seven assists, drove for the tying layup and made the free throw with 38 seconds left in OT to help the playoff-contending Thunder salvage a four-game split of the season series against a one-time postseason rival now among the NBA's worst teams.

The reigning MVP had 10 points on 5-of-6 shooting in the first quarter after scoring eight in a win over Orlando. Westbrook cooled off from there and missed all five of his 3-pointers, but scored seven of Oklahoma City's 11 points in overtime.

"Just keep going, man," said Westbrook, who was 11 of 25 from the field and made eight of nine free throws. "Regardless of missed or made shots, my mentality never changes throughout the game and I always continue to stay in attack mode."

Dwight Powell forced overtime at 100-all with a follow shot at the buzzer to match his career high with 21 points. It was the first points for Dallas since Powell's alley-oop dunk with 4 minutes remaining.

Harrison Barnes scored 26 points for the Mavericks, who beat the Thunder in the Western Conference finals in 2011 before getting swept in the first round by them as defending champions a year later.

"People look at their record and think they aren't a very good team," Oklahoma City coach Billy Donovan said. "They are a good basketball team. They have not been able to close out some games."

Dallas had a chance to win in overtime on an inbound play with 6 seconds left, but could only get a desperation jumper at the buzzer from rookie Dennis Smith Jr., who scored the first eight Dallas points in the extra period and finished with 17.

"The last shot was a tough shot but a makeable shot," Smith said. "Learn from it, learn from it. You can look at it as a loss or a lesson."

The Mavericks almost turned it over on the final possession of regulation but Wesley Matthews kept the play alive before missing a wild layup, with Powell grabbing the rebound on the other side of the basket and laying it in.

Carmelo Anthony had put the Thunder ahead with 1:23 to go on a layup after three offensive rebounds on the same possession, including two from Steven Adams.

Paul George had 23 points and 11 rebounds, and Adams had nine points and 12 boards.

TIP-INS

Thunder: F Jerami Grant was called for a flagrant foul for a swipe at the head when Powell made a layup in the first half. ... The Thunder outrebounded the Mavericks 56-36, including a 19-8 edge on offensive rebounds.

Mavericks: Dirk Nowitzki, who is sixth on the NBA scoring list, reached 31,000 points with his patented one-legged fadeway in the middle of the second quarter. The 39-year-old German, in his 20th season, all with the Mavericks, finished with 12 points. ... Powell led Dallas with eight rebounds. ... J.J. Barea scored all 12 of his points in the fourth quarter and matched Westbrook with a game-high seven assists.

NOEL RETURNS

Dallas center Nerlens Noel had four points, three rebounds and four fouls in 16 minutes in his return after missing 42 games following surgery for a torn ligament in his left thumb. He was rusty, failing to get off a shot on two alley-oops and missing another attempt. He led Dallas with three first-half turnovers, but had a highlight in the second half with a block on a soaring Westbrook going for a layup.

Before the injury was announced in December, Noel had appeared to fall out of favor with coach Rick Carlisle. The first six of those 42 missed games were listed as coaching decisions. He's playing on a one-year contract after he couldn't agree on a long-term deal with the Mavericks, who acquired him at the trading deadline last season.

SLUMPING FROM 3

Westbrook has gone without a 3 in four of the past six games and is 2 of 24 (8 percent) from long range in that span. The slump has dropped the career 31 percent shooter from 3 to 28 percent for the season.

UP NEXT

Thunder: At Phoenix on Friday.

Mavericks: At Chicago on Friday, the only road game in a stretch of seven games.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

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<![CDATA[Carlisle Doing his Part to Support new Mavs Interim CEO Cynthia Marshall]]>Tue, 27 Feb 2018 23:57:03 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/RICK_CARLISLE_ON_HELP_MARSHALL_FOR_WEB_1200x675_1172337731977.jpg

Mavericks hired Cynthia Marshall to be the new Interim CEO. Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle says he will do his part to help Marshall clean up the organization.]]>
<![CDATA[Reaction to Earl K. Sneed’s interview with Jacques Taylor]]>Tue, 27 Feb 2018 23:52:54 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dallas-Mavericks-Logo.jpg

NBC 5's Sports Director Newy Scruggs and Cowboys insider Jacques Taylor discuss Earl K Sneed and his domestic violence incidents and if it's possible for him to redeem himself.]]>
<![CDATA[Former Mavs.com Reporter Discusses Domestic Violence Incidents, Relationship with Mark Cuban]]>Tue, 27 Feb 2018 19:14:07 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dallas-Mavericks-Logo.jpg

In a wide-ranging 30-minute interview on Cowboys’ Insider Jean-Jacques Taylor’s radio show, former Mavs.com reporter Earl K. Sneed talks about why the team fired him and the Mavs’ work-place environment.]]>
<![CDATA[Mavs Allegations Could Dog Cuban Political Future]]>Tue, 27 Feb 2018 06:09:30 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Mark+Cuban+MTP.png

Mark Cuban, the billionaire owner of the NBA's Dallas Mavericks and driving force behind TV's "Shark Tank," has for months teased the notion of running for president in 2020 in a campaign that could mirror President Donald Trump's blend of reality television and politics in a ride to the White House.

But Cuban's would-be political career could be derailed before it even gets started by sexual harassment and misconduct allegations within his team. The allegations range from a history of sexually suggestive remarks by a former team executive, to another employee being accused of domestic assault.

They leave Cuban facing deep questions about his leadership and how a team owner with a reputation for meticulous attention to detail could not be aware of nearly two decades of problems.

At his first public appearance since allegations were first reported by Sports Illustrated on Feb. 20, Cuban on Monday deflected questions about how much he knew was going on under his watch. The Mavericks have hired outside investigators to look into the allegations raised by the magazine.

Cuban said he's talked to the investigators who will issue a report. He previously had told SI, "this is all new to me."

"Today's not the time for me to talk about anything," Cuban said Monday. "This is about us moving forward."

Cuban has dangled the prospect of a 2020 presidential run and seems to relish the attention. In several interviews, he has said he is "seriously considering" or "actively considering" it.

He's wealthy enough to cast an aura of not being beholden to special interest. With more than 7 million Twitter followers, he's brash and outspoken both in the media and on social media, where he's taken potshots at Trump and his policies. He's a star on ABC's "Shark Tank," where he critiques hopeful entrepreneurs' business ideas. He's even explored a corner of the reality TV universe Trump never did: Turns and dips on "Dancing With the Stars."

"Donald Trump's election as president encouraged all kinds of people with fame and success but no real political experience to be thinking, `I can do it too,"' said Cal Jillson, political science professor at Southern Methodist University in Dallas.

That it took Cuban a week to hold a news conference on the allegations after they were first reported indicates he's got a long way to go as a politician, Jillson said.

"If Mark Cuban were serious (about running), he would already have a half-dozen people whose job it is to lay the ground work to react ... There would already be a war room," Jillson said. "A person in the post-Trump world that thinks you can stagger your way to a nomination ... that was a one-off deal."

Like Trump, Cuban's politics are pliable enough that it would be hard to mold him into a Republican or Democratic platform in the primaries. Cuban endorsed Hillary Clinton in 2016 and had a front-row seat at one of the televised debates to support her. But he also has said if he does run he would probably be a Republican because he considers himself a fiscal conservative and a centrist on social issues.

Trump, "tapped into a populism in the GOP electorate that was under-represented. Cuban's more centrist views don't seem to be in line with a similar phenomenon in a Democratic primary," said Tim Miller, a former spokesman for Jeb Bush's 2016 campaign.

"Someone like (Cuban) would be a very tough out for the president," Miller said, adding he didn't know enough about the allegations within the Mavericks to comment on their potential damage to Cuban.

Trump was elected in 2016 despite facing a cascade of accusations of sexual harassment and misconduct, while Cuban hasn't faced any personal misconduct allegations.

But the claims of an abusive culture thriving within the Mavericks have surfaced in the "MeToo" movement of women speaking out and standing up against sexual harassment and misconduct, a wave that has taken down powerful men in Hollywood, business, the media and politics.

A problem for Cuban could be that his national brand is built upon the Mavericks and any major crack in that foundation could prove costly.

The impact of the team's allegations has yet to be measured against Cuban's business and media interests. Sponsors haven't bailed on his team or his television show. Two days after the Sports Illustrated report, Cuban pulled out of a scheduled appearance next month at the South by Southwest music, technology and film festival in Austin. Festival organizers said it was Cuban's choice to cancel.

Even if Cuban can show he was unaware of misconduct and reacted swiftly to correct it, the episode has already created a new target in politics, said Republican strategist Matt Mackowiak. Media and political strategists from both parties will be looking into how Cuban runs his businesses. Any lawsuits or complaints will get new scrutiny, Mackowiak added.

"There may be nothing more, but all those things become much more relevant, more interesting, more valuable," Mackowiak said. "The best thing he could do right now is say `I'm not running for president in 2020' and figure out how to get the Mavericks in the playoffs next season."

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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<![CDATA[Barnes, Barea Lead Mavericks to Win Over Pacers]]>Mon, 26 Feb 2018 23:49:39 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Harrison-Barnes-2017-09-25-15-38-16.jpg

Harrison Barnes scored 21 points, J.J. Barea added 19 and the Dallas Mavericks beat the Indiana Pacers 109-103 Monday night.

The Mavericks ended a four-game losing streak and stopped Indiana's four-game winning streak. They also swept the two-game season series.

Doug McDermott had 15 points for Dallas, and Dwight Powell added 10 points and 14 rebounds.

Myles Turner led Indiana with 24 points and 11 rebounds. Turner played high school ball nearby at Euless Trinity and his only college season at Texas.

Victor Oladipo scored 21 for the Pacers despite playing only 23 minutes because of foul trouble.

The Mavericks, held to 40 percent shooting through three quarters, hit 10 of their first 13 shots in the fourth, five of them 3-pointers, to build a 93-80 lead.

Oladipo helped lead Indiana back. He scored 13 in the fourth quarter, and his free throw with 45.1 seconds left pulled Indiana to 99-97.

But Wesley Matthews hit a 3 with 32.4 seconds remaining to restore a five-point lead, and the Mavericks put the game away by making seven of eight free throws in the final 21 seconds.

Oladipo missed the previous meeting, a 98-94 Dallas win on Dec. 27, with a knee injury and played just 14 minutes over the first three quarters this time, picking up two quick fouls early in the game and never getting into a rhythm until late.

Dallas ended the first half on a 9-0 run to lead 49-43 at the break. Oladipo played just 11 minutes before halftime.

The Pacers answered with an 11-0 spurt early in the third quarter to take a 54-52 lead, and the game see-sawed the rest of the period until McDermott banked in a 3 at the buzzer to put Dallas up 68-65.

TIP-INS

Pacers: Oladipo's 1,303 points are the most he's scored in any of his five NBA seasons, and he still has 22 games to go. ... Indiana has outrebounded its opponent in the last five games after being outrebounded in 11 straight.

Mavericks: The club named former AT&T executive Cynthia Marshall interim CEO prior to the game. Marshall sat courtside next to owner Mark Cuban. ... The team honored founder Donald Carter, who died Feb. 14 at age 84, with a moment of silence before the game and a video tribute during the first quarter. ... Dallas signed Scotty Hopson to a 10-day contract. Hopson, who most recently was playing professionally in Turkey, has played only two NBA games in his career, with Cleveland in 2014.

UP NEXT

Pacers: At the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday.

Mavericks: Host the Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

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<![CDATA[Dallas Mavericks Introduce Interim CEO Cynthia Marshall]]>Mon, 26 Feb 2018 19:56:00 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dallas_Mavericks_Announce_New_CEO_1200x675_1171105347727.jpg

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban introduces former AT&T executive Cynthia Marshall as interim CEO.]]>
<![CDATA[Mavs Announce New CEO Amid Front Office Controversy]]>Mon, 26 Feb 2018 21:06:17 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Cynthia+Marshall.jpg

The Dallas Mavericks named former AT&T executive Cynthia Marshall interim CEO Monday.

The announcement comes a week after allegations of sexual misconduct against former team president Terdema Ussery in a report that also painted a picture of a wider culture of a hostile workplace for women in the franchise.

Our media partners at The Dallas Morning News report that, "Marshall was senior vice president-human resources for AT&T and also took on the additional role of chief diversity officer in 2015, according to a company news release. She was named one of the top 50 most powerful women in corporate America by Black Enterprise magazine."

Owner Mark Cuban said Monday his mind was made up on hiring Marshall when he was told, "the most devastating day at AT&T was when (Marshall) left."

Marshall was senior vice president of human resources at AT&T when she took on the additional role of chief diversity officer in 2015. She had more than 30 years of telecommunications experience going back to 1981 with Pacific Bell.

Sports Illustrated reported Ussery made sexually suggestive remarks to several women. He spent 18 years with the team before going to the sports apparel company Under Armour in 2015, a job he left after less than six months.

The SI report said team website reporter Earl Sneed was twice involved in domestic assault cases while working for the Mavericks, including a guilty plea in a case that was dismissed when he met the conditions of the agreement. Sneed and former human resources director Buddy Pittman were fired in the wake of the report.

"I'm honored to have been asked by Mark to join him in addressing some very serious issues," said Marshall, who retired from AT&T last May. "I'm very saddened that issues of domestic violence and sexual harassment are so prominent in our society and allegations have surfaced once again in our organization."

Experts tell NBC 5 that transparency will be important moving forward, if the Mavs want to make things right with employees, the alleged victims and fans.

The Mavericks hired Evan Krutoy and Anne Milgram to lead an independent investigation. Krutoy served as a prosecutor at the Manhattan District Attorney's office for over 20 years and served as Acting Deputy Bureau Chief of the Sex Crimes Unit. Milgram is a professor at New York University School of Law, and a former New Jersey attorney general.

The NBA has said it will closely monitor the investigation.

Two women say Ussery harassed them for years, incidents that ranged from inappropriate remarks to requests for sex to touching women's calves and thighs during meetings.

Asked how much he knew about the team's investigation into similar allegations against Ussery two years before he bought the team in 1998, Cuban didn't say much.

"All of that will come out from the investigative report, so I'll defer to that," Cuban said.

The team plans to establish a hotline for counseling and support services for past and current employees, and Cuban has said he is mandating sensitivity training for all employees, himself included. The NBA announced plans for a similar hotline a few days after the SI report.


Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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<![CDATA[Jazz Edge Mavericks 97-90 for 12th Win in 13 Games]]>Sun, 25 Feb 2018 00:31:52 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dallas-Mavericks-Logo.jpg

Donovan Mitchell had 25 points, five rebounds and five assists, and the Utah Jazz beat the Dallas Mavericks 97-90 on Saturday night for their 12th win in 13 games.

Derrick Favors scored 14 points for Utah (31-29), which had won 11 in a row before Friday night's 100-81 loss to Portland. Rudy Gobert added 13 points and 10 rebounds.

J.J. Barea scored 17 points for lowly Dallas, and Dirk Nowitzki had 12 points and 10 rebounds. The Mavericks (18-42) lost for the 14th time in 18 games.

After tying it up three times in the fourth quarter, the Mavericks finally took an 87-85 lead on a jumper from Barea. But Utah answered with an 8-0 run, punctuated by a Gobert dunk, to go ahead 93-87 with 2:32 remaining.

Utah strung together an 18-6 run to take a double-digit lead before the end of the first quarter. Jae Crowder drove for a pair of baskets and pulled up for a 3-pointer to help fuel the surge. His third basket gave the Jazz a 33-18 lead.

Dallas erased Utah's advantage before halftime. Doug McDermott scored back-to-back baskets and Barea followed with a layup to ignite a 15-0 run for the Mavericks. Dwight Powell gave Dallas its first lead on a pair of free throws and then finished off the run with a hook shot to put the Mavericks ahead 49-42.

Utah missed 11 of 13 shots to open the second quarter before closing out the half on an 11-1 run. The Jazz took a 53-50 halftime lead after Mitchell capped the spurt with his second 3-pointer of the night.

TIP-INS

Mavericks: Barea made his 500th 3-pointer with Dallas. He is just the eighth player to reach 500 3-pointers with the team. . McDermott scored nine of his 12 points in the second quarter.

Jazz: Joe Ingles recorded his 150th 3-pointer of the season in just 60 games. Ingles is No. 3 among Jazz players for most 3-pointers in a single season, trailing only Randy Foye (178) and Rodney Hood (161). ... Utah outscored Dallas 11-0 in fast-break points during the first half and finished with a 15-3 advantage.

UP NEXT

Mavericks: Host the Pacers on Monday.

Jazz: Host the Rockets on Monday.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

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<![CDATA[Mavs Rookie Dennis Smith Jr. Named in College B-Ball Probe]]>Fri, 23 Feb 2018 19:05:52 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NCAA__Investigation_2018_02_23_17_16_16.jpg

Dallas Mavericks rookie Dennis Smith Jr. is among the players named in a federal probe that links to a sports agency accused of giving players money during their college career.]]>
<![CDATA[Scruggs and Sefko Discuss Mavs Controversies ]]>Fri, 23 Feb 2018 18:42:03 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/newy+sefko+mavs.jpg

NBC 5 sports director Newy Scruggs and Eddie Sefko of the Dallas Morning News discuss the latest controversies surround the Mavericks. ]]>
<![CDATA[Mavericks Back on the Court Amid Controversy]]>Fri, 23 Feb 2018 17:22:40 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/newy_mavs_investigation_1200x675_1169001027963.jpg

The Mavericks are back on the court for the first time since the All-Star break against the Los Angeles Lakers amid controversy surrounding the organization. NBC 5 sports director Newy Scruggs has more from Los Angeles. ]]>
<![CDATA[Mavericks' Smith Among Names Listed in NCAA Investigation]]>Fri, 23 Feb 2018 16:45:48 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/newy_dennis_smith_investigation_1200x675_1168939587891.jpg

NBC 5 sports director Newy Scruggs has more on the NCAA investigation that involves Mavericks guard Dennis Smith Jr. According to FBI documents, Smith is among the names listed that received payments from a sports agency. ]]>
<![CDATA[Rick Carlisle Talks Tanking and Mark Cuban's Comments]]>Fri, 23 Feb 2018 01:37:08 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/RICK_ON_CUBAN_TANKING_FOR_WEB_1200x675_1168277059663.jpg

Dallas Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle details his conversation with owner Mark Cuban after Cuban was fined $600,000 for making comments about his team tanking.]]>
<![CDATA[Nowitzki Disagrees With Mark Cuban About Tanking Comments]]>Fri, 23 Feb 2018 01:35:51 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/DIRK_AINT_TANKING_FOR_WEB_1200x675_1168230467604.jpg

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban was fined $600,000 for making comments about his team tanking. Dirk Nowitzki says he’s not having any of that.]]>
<![CDATA[Rick Carlisle Speaks On Mavs Allegations]]>Thu, 22 Feb 2018 00:36:23 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/CARLISLE_ON_MAVS_ALLEGATIONS_FOR_WEB_2_1200x675_1167161923956.jpg

Sports Illustrated put out a report about an alleged inappropriate workplace misconduct within the Dallas Mavericks organization. Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle shared his thought on the report and how the organization will handle it.]]>
<![CDATA[Nowitzki Disgusted About Workplace Environment Accusation]]>Thu, 22 Feb 2018 00:38:53 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/DIRK_ON_MAVS_ALLEGATIONS_FOR_WEB_1200x675_1167155779583.jpg

Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki addressed the media about allegations of workplace misconduct.]]>
<![CDATA[Mavs Owner Cuban Fined $600K for 'Tanking' Comments]]>Wed, 21 Feb 2018 18:18:41 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Mark_Cuban_Says_Mavs_Will_Honor_Flag_1200x675_1074356803707.jpg

The NBA fined outspoken Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban $600,000 on Wednesday for comments about tanking during a podcast with Hall of Famer Julius Erving.

Commissioner Adam Silver said the fine was for "public statements detrimental to the NBA." The league said the podcast with Erving was posted Sunday, the day the All-Star game was played in Los Angeles.

Cuban said during the 30-minute interview that he met recently with some of his players and told them "losing is our best option." Cuban was trying to illustrate to Erving how he believes he is a transparent owner.

"I'm probably not supposed to say this, but I just had dinner with a bunch of our guys the other night," Cuban said. "And here we are. We weren't competing for the playoffs. I was like, `Look, losing is our best option.'

"Adam would hate to be hearing that. But at least I sat down and I explained it to them. And I explained what our plans are going to be this summer, that we're not going to tank again. This is like a year and a half of tanking. That was too brutal for me."

The Mavericks dumped veterans Deron Williams and Andrew Bogut around the trading deadline last season and had their highest draft pick (No. 9) since ending up with Dirk Nowitzki from that spot in 1998. They drafted rookie point guard Dennis Smith Jr., one of the league's rising stars.

After trading veteran guard Devin Harris to Denver at the deadline this season, Dallas (18-40) is tied for the fewest wins in the NBA and among seven teams with 18 or 19 victories at the All-Star break.

The latest fine surpasses the $500,000 Cuban was docked in 2002 for criticizing former director of officials Ed Rush, saying he wouldn't hire Rush to manage a Dairy Queen. Cuban has been fined more than $2 million, a lot of it for criticizing refs.

"I earned it," Cuban told The Associated Press when asked about the latest fine. "I got excited talking to Dr. J and said something I shouldn't have."

The fine came a day after Cuban's franchise was accused of having a hostile workplace for women in a Sports Illustrated report that detailed allegations of inappropriate sexual conduct by former team president Terdema Ussery.

Cuban said he was embarrassed by the allegations and vowed to improve the club's work environment. He is hiring outside counsel to investigate the claims and requiring everyone to undergo sensitivity training, including himself. The NBA has said it will monitor the investigation closely.

The team fired website reporter Earl Sneed, who was twice accused of domestic assault while working for the team. Sneed pleaded guilty over the first incident, and the charge was dismissed after he met conditions of the plea agreement. Cuban told ESPN it was a mistake not to fire Sneed earlier.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

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<![CDATA[Report: Former Mavs President Harassed Employees for Years]]>Thu, 22 Feb 2018 00:56:08 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dallas-Mavericks-Logo.jpg

The Dallas Mavericks have hired outside counsel to investigate allegations of inappropriate conduct by former team president Terdema Ussery in a Sports Illustrated report that described a hostile workplace for women.

Sports Illustrated spoke to sources who said Ussery had several incidents of inappropriate workplace behavior, including unwanted touching and lewd sexual comments. He spent 18 years with the team before going to the sports apparel company Under Armour in 2015.

Ussery, who was investigated by the team over similar claims in 1998, denied the allegations in a statement to SI.

The Mavericks released a statement ahead of the publication of the Sports Illustrated report, saying the team "only learned of the scope of these complaints in the past days."

"The Mavericks organization takes these allegations extremely seriously. Yesterday we notified the league office and immediately hired outside counsel to conduct a thorough and independent investigation. The investigation will focus on the specific allegations related to this former employee, and will look more broadly at our company's workplace practices and policies," owner Mark Cuban said in the team's statement.

NBC 5 Sports Director Newy Scruggs spoke to a former Mavericks employee who said she had several unpleasant encounters with Ussery. She added Cuban's comments about not knowing what was going on are false.

The report said team website reporter Earl Sneed was twice accused of domestic assault while working for the Mavericks, including a guilty plea in a case that was dismissed when he met the conditions of the agreement.

The team said Sneed had been fired, and Mavericks owner Mark Cuban told SI that he fired human resources director Buddy Pittman after learning details of the magazine's report. Pittman and Sneed declined to comment to SI.

According to a probable cause affidavit filed in court, Sneed got into an argument about headphones with the woman with whom he lived in 2011. The woman told police he grabbed the woman by her wrists, slammed her against a wall, sat on her and slapped her in the face and chest. She told officers he said, "I'm going to f-----g kick your a--. Today is gonna be the worst day of your life."

Police wrote the woman suffered a fractured wrist and bruises.

The woman told NBC 5 on Wednesday it was gut-wrenching to read the account again after seven years, but said she was glad people knew. She also told NBC 5 she emailed the Mavericks organization to warn them Sneed abused her and had a warrant out for his arrest in 2011.

Sports Illustrated reported Sneed later dated another woman in the organization who reportedly told HR about Sneed hitting her.

Sneed remained with the organization until Tuesday night after the Sports Illustrated article was published.

Tuesday night Sneed tweeted to thank the Mavericks and MFFL (Mavs Fans For Life), saying, "Not sure what God has in store for me next, but thank you to the Dallas Mavericks and every MFFL for seven amazing full-time years. It was the best time, but all good things must come to an end. Be blessed."

The report also said the Mavericks' VP of Marketing at the time of the allegations involving Ussery, Paul Monroe, threatened to fire one woman who complained about Ussery. She told SI that Monroe told her to "just take" the abuse from Ussery.

Ussery, who left the team in 2015, still owns a home in Dallas. NBC 5 was unable to reach him for direct comment on Wednesday.

Pittman's wife answered the door at his home and told a reporter her husband is an "honorable man" and that she believes the truth would eventually come out. She took a message for her husband, but Pittman didn't call for comment.

Monroe now works for another North Texas organization. Voice messages left for Monroe at his office and on a family member's mobile phone were not returned Wednesday.

The NBA said the Mavericks had informed the league of the allegations involving Ussery and Sneed.

"This alleged conduct runs counter to the steadfast commitment of the NBA and its teams to foster safe, respectful and welcoming workplaces for all employees," the league said. "Such behavior is completely unacceptable and we will closely monitor the independent investigation into this matter."

The Mavericks said Wednesday they hired Evan Krutoy and Anne Milgrim to lead the independent investigation. Krutoy served as a prosecutor at the Manhattan District Attorney's office for over 20 years and served as Acting Deputy Bureau Chief of the Sex Crimes Unit. Milgrim is a professor at New York University School of Law, and a former former New Jersey attorney general.

SI contacted six female former Mavericks or American Airlines Center employees who claimed they left the sports sector because of a structure that left them feeling vulnerable and devalued while protecting powerful men who misbehaved. A male former department head said there was "built-in protection for a lot of men."

A woman who had recently been hired as a support staffer said Ussery made sexually suggestive remarks to her in the media dining room before a game during the 2010-11 season, when the Mavericks won their only NBA championship. The woman said she had been told by others to be wary of Ussery.

"Obviously there's a problem in the Mavericks organization and we've got to fix it," Cuban told the magazine. "I'm embarrassed, to be honest with you, that it happened under my ownership, and it needs to be fixed."

Two women claimed the Ussery harassed them for years, incidents that ranged from inappropriate remarks to requests for sex to touching women's calves and thighs during meetings.

Ussery had left Nike to join the Mavericks and had previously served as commissioner of the old Continental Basketball Association. He was praised by former NBA Commissioner David Stern and served as the Mavericks' alternate governor with the league.

"I am deeply disappointed that anonymous sources have made such outright false and inflammatory accusations against me," Ussery told The Associated Press. "During my nearly 20-year tenure with the Mavericks, I am not aware of any sexual harassment complaints about me or any findings by the organization that I engaged in inappropriate conduct."

Ussery said he had raised concerns about other Mavericks employees who he said engaged in inappropriate sexual conduct and the organization didn't address those concerns.

"I believe these misleading claims about me are part of an attempt to shift blame for the failure to remove employees who created an uncomfortable and hostile work environment within the Mavericks organization," Ussery said.

Cuban said in the statement that the organization will provide support for current and former Mavericks employees who were affected and will conduct training to ensure a safe workplace.

"We are committed — to our employees, our team and our fans — to meet the goals of dignity, security and fairness that define the Dallas Mavericks," Cuban said.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

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<![CDATA[Don Carter, Mavericks Co-Founder, Dies at Age 84]]>Fri, 16 Feb 2018 00:56:56 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/1518696000-NM_4BigHat.jpg

Don Carter, the owner who was instrumental in bringing the NBA to Dallas with the expansion Mavericks in 1980, has died. He was 84.

The Dallas County medical examiner said he died Wednesday night. The cause was not disclosed.

Carter co-founded the franchise with Norm Sonju, the club's first president. Carter sold majority interest to Ross Perot Jr. in 1996 but kept a minority stake.

The Mavericks were a model franchise in the early days, quickly becoming a contender and reaching the Western Conference finals in 1988 before losing to the Los Angeles Lakers.

When Dallas won the franchise's only championship in 2011, owner Mark Cuban invited Carter to celebrate with the team on the court in Miami. Commissioner David Stern handed the trophy to Carter, who was wearing his trademark white cowboy hat that was part of the team's early logo.

Cuban, who bought the team in 2000, called Carter and his wife, Linda, the "guiding lights for the organization."

"To say he will be missed does not do justice to just how important Mr. C has been to the Dallas Mavericks and the city of Dallas," he said.

The Mavericks will honor Carter with a moment of silence before their next home game, Feb. 26 against Indiana.

Carter remained a regular at courtside after selling the team, but his appearances slipped in recent months because of declining health. He wasn't there when the Mavericks retired guard Derek Harper's number last month.

Harper was among the early star players for Carter, along with Mark Aguirre and Rolando Blackman.

Carter and Sonju negotiated with the NBA for months before the league agreed to let Carter pay half of the $12 million expansion fee in two early installments rather than requiring all $6 million up front.

The team was introduced on May 1, 1980, in downtown Dallas near the site of Reunion Arena, which was the team's home for 21 seasons. Carter told The Dallas Morning News in 2005 that part of his decision to acquire a franchise was as a present to his wife, who had been a standout high school basketball player.

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Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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<![CDATA[Randolph Keys Big First Half as Kings Top Mavericks]]>Tue, 13 Feb 2018 23:12:22 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dallas-Mavericks-Logo.jpg

Zach Randolph scored 22 points, and the Sacramento Kings used a big first half to beat the Dallas Mavericks 114-109 on Tuesday night.

Bogdan Bogdanovich added 19 points for the Kings, who have won four of five in Dallas after losing 22 in a row here from 2003 to 2016. Seven Kings scored in double figures.

J.J. Barea led the Mavericks with 19 points, and Harrison Barnes and Dwight Powell each scored 18.

Randolph scored 18 in the first half, helping Sacramento to a 65-44 lead at the break. The Kings dominated the paint in the first two quarters, scoring 40 points, while the Mavericks shot just 35 percent.

The Kings extended the lead to 26 with the first five points of the second half before Dallas put together a 17-3 run fueled by four 3-pointers.

But Sacramento had an 88-71 advantage after three, and then opened the final quarter with a 9-0 run to match its largest lead. The Mavericks kept chipping away for the entire quarter and closed with a 30-11 run to make the final score close.

Eight minutes into the game, Randolph had outscored the cold-shooting Mavericks all by himself, 11-8.

Dallas coach Rick Carlisle replaced his entire lineup at one point in the second quarter, only to see the Mavs get beaten twice by the Kings for offensive rebounds that set up Garrett Temple's 3 that made it 46-28.

TIP-INS

Kings: Carlisle said the 41-year-old Vince Carter's longevity was "beyond belief. ... He's still playing at a good level. You've got to guard him." Carter played for the Mavericks from 2011-14.

Mavericks: Dirk Nowitzki, Wesley Matthews and Barea returned after missing Sunday night's loss to Houston due to various minor injuries. ... Matthews became the seventh Dallas player to hit 500 3-pointers with the team with his two in the first half. ... Dennis Smith Jr. scored 17 points. Smith will join three others in the Verizon Slam Dunk contest Saturday in Los Angeles during All-Star weekend.

UP NEXT

Kings: At Houston on Wednesday for the second half of a back-to-back.

Mavericks: Nine days off before visiting the Lakers on Feb. 23.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

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<![CDATA[Mavs' Ferrell Takes Time to Read to Fort Worth Students ]]>Tue, 13 Feb 2018 13:53:26 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/mavs+ferrell+reading.jpg

Dallas Mavericks Guard Yogi Ferrell recently took a time out to sit down and read with students at the Fort Worth Library as part of the Mavericks' Reading Challenge. ]]>
<![CDATA[Mavs Using Ticket Giveaway to Lure Potential Residents]]>Mon, 12 Feb 2018 18:31:44 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Cuban_on_Anthem_6p_101617.jpg

The Dallas Mavericks are in the middle of a disappointing season. Should they tank and rebuild? That’s a question that has Mavs Nation going back and forth on. However, management doesn’t believe in the tanking theory.

So in a season with few highlights, Mavericks owner Mark Cuban is raising the bar. The “Say Yes To Dallas” pitchman has put an offer on the table to lure new professionals to North Texas. Cuban is giving away two tickets to new residents to watch a Mavs game.

The message is simple- move to Dallas and you can enter to get free Mavs tickets. For those that are interested, you can register at http://sayyestodallas.com/get-mavs-tickets/.

The Mavs are back on the court tomorrow as the host the Sacramento Kings. It’s a matchup between the two worst teams in the Western Conference record-wise. The Mavs are 18-39 overall and 11-18 at home while the Kings are 17-38 overall and 9-21 on the road.

Tip-off scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at the American Airlines Center in Dallas.

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<![CDATA[Rockets Beat Mavericks for 8th Straight Win]]>Sun, 11 Feb 2018 22:45:58 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dallas-Mavericks-Logo.jpg

In the past, the Houston Rockets would sometimes fall victim to so-called trap games, losing against subpar teams.   

This season these Rockets have largely avoided such losses, and they did so again on Sunday night with a 104-97 win over the short-handed Dallas Mavericks.   

"That's the difference between 50 wins and 60-plus and average teams and great teams," James Harden said. "We're not where we want to be, but that's the goal."   

Harden scored 27 points, Chris Paul added 25 and the Rockets easily handled Mavericks for their eighth straight win and 12th in the last 13.   

"There's different ways on different nights and you've just got to find ways to win," Harden said. "Tonight was one of those games."   

The Rockets led for most of the game, but the Mavericks kept it close until a couple of runs in the third quarter allowed Houston to pull away.   

They were up by 12 to start the fourth quarter and led 93-77 after four straight points by Nene early in the quarter. Yogi Ferrell had the next seven points, highlighted by a 3-pointer he made before crashing to the ground as he was fouled, to cut the lead to 93-84 with about eight minutes remaining.   

Houston scored the next five points, with a basket from Paul just before the shot clock expired followed by a 3 from Harden that spurred Dallas coach Rick Carlisle to call a timeout with about six minutes left.   

But the Mavericks, who were playing their first game this season without Dirk Nowitzki, didn't threaten again and most of the Rockets' starters were soon on the bench with the game in hand.   

"It's a lot to ask (them) to come in here and win the game," Carlisle said of his injury-plagued team. "But to basically compete the whole way and hang around and make them play ... was good. I thought our guys got better tonight."   

Paul had nine assists and eight rebounds and Harden had five assists and six rebounds.   

Ferrell scored 20 points for the Mavs, who have lost eight of 10. Dwight Powell had 18 points and 12 rebounds.   

The Rockets were up by two early in the third quarter when they used an 8-2 run to make it 68-60 with about 8 1/2 minutes left in the quarter.   

Powell scored four points in a row later in the third to get Dallas within 5. Harden made two free throws after that before both teams went cold, with nobody scoring for the next 2 1/2 minutes.   

Maximilian Kleber ended the drought with an alley-oop to cut the lead to 76-71 with about three minutes left.   

Houston got back on track after that, using an 8-2 spurt to make it 84-73 with less than a minute left in the quarter. Eric Gordon got things going in that stretch with a 3-pointer, and Paul scored the last five points.   

Ferrell added a basket for Dallas after that, but Gordon capped the third quarter with another 3 to leave Houston up 87-75 entering the fourth.   

TIP-INS:   

Mavericks: Nowitzki stayed in Dallas because of a swollen left ankle. ... Wesley Matthews didn't make the trip because of tightness in his lower back.   

Rockets: Trevor Ariza missed his seventh straight game with a strained left hamstring. ... Clint Capela added 16 points, 11 rebounds and three blocks.   

SAVE `EM UP:   

Paul wasn't annoyed that rookie Dennis Smith Jr. aggressively blocked a throwaway shot he took after the whistle midway through the third quarter. But the 32-year-old veteran did have some advice for the 20-year-old.   

"I just told him: `Don't waste your jumps,"' Paul said. "We've all got a certain amount of jumps in our knees. We don't know what that number is but we've all got a number. ... I save all my jumps. I ain't got too many left."   

HE SAID IT:   

Houston coach Mike D'Antoni on the progress of his team: "We've got to make a run the second half. I'm pleased without being satisfied. We can get better."   

UP NEXT:   

Mavericks: Host Sacramento on Tuesday.   

Rockets: Visit Minnesota on Tuesday.

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<![CDATA[Dirk Nowitzki Helping with Mavericks Youth Movement ]]>Sun, 11 Feb 2018 16:31:38 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/mavs_dirk_youth_movement_1200x675_1159107139540.jpg

20-year NBA veteran Dirk Nowitzki discusses the youth movement with the Mavericks. ]]>
<![CDATA[Mavericks' Smith Excited for Slam Dunk Competition ]]>Sun, 11 Feb 2018 16:32:04 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/smith+slam+dunk+excited.jpg

Mavericks rookie guard Dennis Smith Jr. expresses his excitement about being in the slam dunk contest during NBA All-Star Weekend. ]]>
<![CDATA[High School Teammates Back Together with Mavericks]]>Sun, 11 Feb 2018 16:32:29 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/mavs+barnes+saturday.jpg

Doug McDermott and Harrison Barnes were high school teammates in Iowa and are now reunited with the Mavericks. ]]>
<![CDATA[McDermott Makes Mavericks Debut in Win over Lakers]]>Sun, 11 Feb 2018 16:14:02 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/mcdermott+mavs+debut.jpg

After being acquired by the Mavericks in a trade earlier in the week, Doug McDermott scores eight points in 21 minutes in his debut as Dallas beats the Los Angeles Lakers 130-123. ]]>
<![CDATA[Nowitzki, Mavs Spoil Thomas Debut in Win Over Lakers]]>Sun, 11 Feb 2018 00:11:30 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dallas-Mavericks-Logo.jpg

Dirk Nowitzki scored a season-high 22 points, Harrison Barnes had 21 and the last-place Dallas Mavericks spoiled Isaiah Thomas' strong debut with the Lakers, beating Los Angeles 130-123 on Saturday night.

Thomas finished with 22 points and already looks like a better fit in coach Luke Walton's offense than he did in an ill-fated 15-game stint with Cleveland after the offseason trade that sent Kyrie Irving to Boston.

The diminutive guard's first half with the Lakers was his highest-scoring half of the season, a team-high 16 points.

Thomas, who was part of a four-player deal at the trading deadline that also brought Channing Frye, missed the first 36 games recovering from a hip injury.

Doug McDermott had eight points in his Dallas debut following a deadline deal that brought him from New York and was part of a youthful closing lineup that outscored the Lakers 13-5 in the final 3:09.

The Lakers had a season-best, four-game winning streak stopped for the third time in a month.

Nowitzki, Barnes and starting guard Wesley Matthews all sat in the last three minutes, and rookie guard Dennis Smith Jr. put Dallas ahead for good at 119-118 on a layup. Smith finished with 14 points, and the Mavericks had a season high in points.

Julius Randle had 26 points, eight rebounds and seven assists for the Lakers, and Brandon Ingram scored 22 points. Kyle Kuzma had 12 points and 15 rebounds.

Dwight Powell scored 19, two shy of his career high, for Dallas. J.J. Barea had 10 points and nine assists.

Thomas entered the game to a noticeable ovation from the usually solid number of Lakers fans in the Dallas crowd, and hit a 3 from the left wing on his first LA possession in what proved to be just a start. He was 4 of 7 from long range before halftime.

TIP-INS

Lakers: G Lonzo Ball missed his 13th straight game with a sore left knee. ... Thomas got a flagrant foul in the second half when he pulled Kyle Collinsworth down by the shoulders when the Dallas guard was going up for a dunk. ... Brook Lopez had 16 points, and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope added 14. ... The Lakers matched a season high with 16 3-pointers.

Mavericks: F Josh McRoberts was waived. He played in two games after spending the first 37 games on the inactive list with a left foot injury. He was acquired with a second-round pick and cash for center A.J. Hammons last summer. ... McDermott, who came from the Knicks in a three-team trade at the deadline, scored his first Dallas points on a breakaway dunk soon after entering the game in the first quarter. He added a tomahawk slam in the second half.

UP NEXT

Lakers: At New Orleans on Wednesday.

Mavericks: At Houston on Sunday.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

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<![CDATA[Curry, Durant Lead Warriors Past Mavericks]]>Fri, 09 Feb 2018 01:34:09 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-887323410.jpg

Stephen Curry had 20 points, eight assists and seven rebounds, and the Golden State Warriors bounced back from a tough recent stretch to beat the Dallas Mavericks 121-103 on Thursday night.

Kevin Durant added 24 points, nine rebounds, four assists and two blocked shots while Draymond Green put up another impressive line: 12 points, 10 rebounds, six assists, two blocks and two steals.

Dallas star Dirk Nowitzki had 16 points, 11 rebounds, season-high five steals and two blocks, while rookie Dennis Smith Jr. scored 22 points.

Curry's pretty three-point play with 1:28 left in the third put the Warriors up 88-83, and once Golden State got going in transition the Mavericks couldn't keep up in what became a dunk fest. The Warriors began the fourth on a 14-5 tear.

Despite another slow start, Golden State eventually found its groove and delivered all the big plays when it mattered.

The defending champions had dropped three of four, including their worst defeat at home in Tuesday's 125-105 loss to the Thunder.

Klay Thompson added 18 points, five rebounds and four assists on his 28th birthday.

Durant dunked in transition on back-to-back possessions late in the second quarter, one off a steal he made, and Andre Iguodala also had a slam as the Warriors sent the game to halftime tied at 60.

David West contributed 10 points, seven rebounds and seven assists in nearly 17 minutes for Golden State, which earned a 10th straight victory in the series.

GREEN'S FINE AND FRONT TOOTH

Green was fined $50,000 by the NBA for directing inappropriate and offensive language toward an official during the Oklahoma City loss.

Green was ejected with 8:13 remaining after a second technical for arguing with the officials, specifically female referee Lauren Holtkamp. The NBA said the specific incident for which he was penalized occurred in the second quarter.

On Thursday night, Green got hit with his 14th technical of the season -- two away from an automatic suspension -- in the second quarter for arguing after a delay of game warning.

Green will wear clear braces for a couple of weeks after his front right tooth was knocked back in a collision with Russell Westbrook during Tuesday's loss.

Green said dentists will monitor his tooth.

"It hasn't died. Hopefully it stays alive," he said.

TIP-INS

Mavericks: Dallas signed guard Kyle Collinsworth for the rest of the season. He previously had a pair of 10-day contracts. "I'm very happy to have him back," coach Rick Carlisle said. "He's done some very good things since he's been with us. He's earned this opportunity. So, I'm happy for him. And I'm sure all of our guys are." ... F Harrison Barnes missed facing his former team as he sat out a second straight game with a sprained left ankle. ... The Mavericks were swept 4-0 in the season series.

Warriors: In the first, Curry passed Sacramento's Vince Carter (2,082) for sole possession of seventh place on the NBA's all-time list for made 3-pointers. ... Green became the 10th Warriors player in franchise history to reach 600 career steals. ... The Warriors avoided their first three-game skid since March 8-11 of last year when Durant was out with a left knee injury. ... Raiders WR Michael Crabtree sat courtside.

UP NEXT

Mavericks: Host Lakers on Saturday.

Warriors: Host Spurs on Saturday.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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<![CDATA[Dirk's Name Misspelled on Jersey Worn on Historic Night]]>Tue, 06 Feb 2018 18:03:59 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dirk-nowitzki-jersey-misspelled-fox-sports.jpg

Longtime Dallas Mavericks power forward "Dirk Nowitkzi" notched another career milestone Monday night.

No, we're not talking about reaching 50,000 minutes on the court -- but by joining the long line of athletes who've had their names misspelled on their jerseys.

The list is longer than you'd think and includes some pretty notable names -- names you think equipment managers would be very familiar with and unlikely to misspell.

Sports Illustrated has collected a batch of them which can be seen here -- and the list includes guys like Wayne Gretsky and Zack Grienke and even teams like the Milwakuee Brewers.

It's not just tough names, even New Orleans Hornets player Jason Smiht got hit.

Dallas Mavericks equipment manager Al Whitley, who took the blame for the Nowitzki mistake, said the one-of-a-kind jersey will be offered up for auction with the money going to Dirk's charity, the Dirk Nowitzki Foundation

We'll update this article with details about the auction as more information is released.



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<![CDATA[Dirk Nowitzki Hits 50,000 Minutes Milestone]]>Tue, 06 Feb 2018 07:26:12 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/DIRK_FOR_WEB_1200x675_920792643841.jpg

After playing more than 50,000 minutes, Dirk Nowitzki has certainly made a name for himself.

Even if it's still hard to spell sometimes.

On a night when his last name was botched on the back of his jersey, the Dallas forward became the sixth player in NBA history to reach 50,000 career minutes. He finished with 12 points but the Mavericks collapsed down the stretch in a 104-101 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers.

Nowitzki said he didn't notice until after the game that his name was misspelled on his uniform.

"I actually just saw it," he explained. "I had no idea. It happens. I guess it sums up our season."

Danilo Gallinari had 28 points, including the go-ahead free throws with 24 seconds left, and the Clippers scored the last 13 points of the game to rally past a Mavs team that went scoreless over the final 4:42.

Tobias Harris had 19 points for Los Angeles, and Lou Williams added 15 off the bench.

"This felt like a steal game, because we didn't play well and they shot the heck out of the ball," Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. "To steal a game like this, you feel like you got two games."

With the Clippers up by one after Gallinari's free throws, DeAndre Jordan won a jump ball with 4.5 seconds remaining and tipped it to Avery Bradley for a fast-break layup that made it 104-101.

Yogi Ferrell had a chance to tie it with 0.4 seconds to play, but he stepped out of bounds before his shot bounced off the rim.

"When you're playing from in front, you've got to protect the ball and get good shots and we struggled to do both," Dallas coach Rick Carlisle said.

Wesley Matthews led the Mavericks with 23 points and Devin Harris added 16 off the bench.

Nowitzki passed Elvin Hayes (exactly 50,000 minutes) for fifth place on the career list in the regular season. Nowitzki has played an additional 5,895 minutes in the playoffs. Next among active players on the regular-season minutes list is Utah's Joe Johnson at 43,806.

TIP-INS

Mavericks: F Harrison Barnes was held out with a sore left ankle. Carlisle on Nowitzki: "I just really believe Dirk's record of high level of excellence, of longevity, durability, is one of the most remarkable I've ever seen in sport."

Carlisle does not expect the Mavs to be active before Thursday's trade deadline: "I don't think we're going to make any trades. Of course, that's been my opinion every year in the 16 years I've been coaching. This time of year there's a lot of talk, and normally not a lot of activity."

Clippers: Austin Rivers (ankle) might return to action Friday in Detroit. He has missed 18 games. ... The Clippers had a season-high 38 fast-break points in their previous game against the Bulls, the first game for Harris and Bradley with Los Angeles since they were acquired from Detroit. Doc Rivers said the up-tempo game was by design. "We told Tobias and Avery, it doesn't matter who gets it, that's the start of the break," he said. "We don't look for a point guard and then get the ball up the court. We're gone."

WELL DONE, DIRK

The Clippers were in awe of Nowitzki's accomplishment.

"That's crazy," said Doc Rivers. "It really is amazing. I mean, I don't know how he gets up in the morning. And he had hard minutes because he was the guy other teams were trying to attack every night."

"Amazing," Gallinari said. "I've been playing against him not just in the NBA but overseas, so it's been a lot of battles, especially with the (Italian and German). national teams, too. He's a legend, a Hall of Famer. For us growing up in Europe, he's one of the best ever."

UP NEXT

Mavericks: End their four-game road trip Thursday at Golden State.

Clippers: Play the first of seven consecutive road games Friday night in Detroit, where they will face former teammate Blake Griffin for the first time since he was traded.

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<![CDATA[Mavericks' Nowitzki on the Verge of Another Milestone]]>Mon, 05 Feb 2018 14:44:57 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-903144204.jpg

Needless to say, it’s been nothing but a struggle for the Dallas Mavericks this season.  Their 17-36 record is the second-worst in the Western Conference. The Mavs are just 2-8 in their last 10 games going into tonight’s showdown out west against the Clippers. However, they are coming of a win in Sacramento against the Kings on Saturday that ended a five-game losing streak.

There have been some bright spots in an otherwise dismal season with another instance happening later tonight in Hollywood.

Once the game begins, Dirk Nowitzki will become just the sixth player in NBA history to play 50,000 career minutes. It’s a milestone that shows the longevity and impact Nowitzki has had with both the Mavs and in the NBA.

The Face of the Mavs Franchise recently became the sixth player to join the exclusive 30,000-point club.  Nowitzki is the only European to win the NBA MVP and is a member of another exclusive club, players that have won both the MVP and Finals MVP honors. Every Mavs record basically belongs to Dirk.

The 39-year old is averaging 12.1 PPG and 5.6 RPG in just over 24 minutes a game during his 20th season as a pro. He currently has the third-best effective field goal percentage of his career at 54.4 percent. Nowitzki is also shooting 42.9 percent from three-point land.

So while the Mavericks continue down that lonely road to get back to the form that brought home an NBA championship in 2011, Nowitzki continues to be a model of consistency.

Tip-off against the Clippers is at 9:30 p.m. at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.



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<![CDATA[Mavericks Use Big Run in Fourth Quarter to Rally Past Kings]]>Sun, 04 Feb 2018 00:41:57 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/170*120/1517286395-MavsHeat_AL024_60884814_79881.jpg

Yogi Ferrell made consecutive 3-pointers to spark a big run at the start of the fourth quarter and the Dallas Mavericks beat the Sacramento Kings 106-99 on Saturday night to snap a five-game losing streak.

Dirk Nowitzki had 15 points and seven rebounds while inching closer to another milestone in his illustrious NBA career. Harrison Barnes scored 18 points and Dwight Powell added 17 points and nine rebounds to help Dallas win in Sacramento for the first time in nearly three years.

The Mavericks trailed by as much as 10 in the second half and were down 85-81 heading into the fourth before opening the final period on a 16-0 run. Devin Harris followed Ferrell's back-to-back 3s with a pair of layups, including one off a midcourt steal. After Nowitzki connected from deep, Harris made a 3-pointer to put Dallas up 97-85.

Sacramento closed to 100-94 on a free throw by De'Aaron Fox with 2:45 remaining but Barnes made a driving one-handed dunk and a more traditional two-handed jam to help the Mavericks hold on.

Dallas won for the second time in 10 games.

Nowitzki played 26 minutes and needs six more to become sixth player in NBA history to reach 50,000 for his career, joining a list that includes Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Karl Malone, Kevin Garnett, Jason Kidd and Elvin Hayes.

Fox and Temple had 15 points apiece for Sacramento. The Kings had not lost at home to the Mavericks since Feb. 5, 2015.

Barnes and Nowitzki combined for the Mavericks' first 17 points of the game while making five 3-pointers, all of them uncontested.

Dallas got a lift from Powell early in the second and Barnes added a fourth 3, but Buddy Hield hit a 13-foot runner to beat the shot clock buzzer with 6.9 seconds left and pull the Kings within 56-54 at halftime.

TIP-INS

Mavericks: Barnes' first 12 points came on 3-pointers. . Powell had three dunks in the third quarter, including on back-to-back possessions. . JJ Barea scored five points on 2-of-12 shooting and played 24 minutes in his return after missing the previous three games with a left oblique strain.

Kings: Sacramento missed its first 10 shots in the fourth quarter. . Kosta Koufos started the third quarter in place of Randolph. Koufous finished with eight points and seven rebounds. . Jason Williams, who was a wildly popular player in Sacramento from 1998-2001, sat courtside next to owner Vivek Ranadive.

UP NEXT

Mavericks: Play at the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday.

Kings: Host the Chicago Bulls on Monday night.



Photo Credit: Ashley Landis/The Dallas Morning News]]>
<![CDATA[Mavericks to Host Third Annual Mavs Ball in March]]>Thu, 01 Feb 2018 12:38:00 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/mavs+practice.jpg

The Dallas Mavericks will put on their best clothes next month for a good cause.

The third annual Mavs Ball: A Blue Tie Affair will be held on March 3 at Canton Hall and The Factory Ballroom in Dallas. The event will be held from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. in support for the Mavs Foundation.

The entire Mavs team, along with head coach Rick Carlisle and owner Mark Cuban, are expected to be in attendance. The festivities will include cocktails, a seated dinner, a live and silent auction and entertainment from comic Cedric the Entertainer.

The Mavs Ball is the premier fundraiser for the Mavs Foundation, an organization dedicated to serving women, children and families in need across North Texas. This year's event will celebrate the 2017-2018 Mavs Foundation Grant Recipients: Austin Street Center, Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Fort Worth, Bryan's House, Girls Inc. of Metropolitan Dallas, BridgeBuilders, Minnie's Food Pantry, Phoenix House of Texas, St. Simons After-School, Unlikely Heroes and Vogel Alcove.

To purchase tickets and tables for the event, or to view photos and video from last year's gala, visit mavs.com/mavsball.

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<![CDATA[Phoenix Suns Win Over Mavs Wednesday Night]]>Thu, 01 Feb 2018 06:05:33 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-905821288.jpg

The end of the Phoenix Suns' five-game losing streak came with a sobering sidebar, a gruesome injury to backup point guard Isaiah Canaan.

Rookie forward Josh Jackson matched his career best with 21 points and T.J. Warren added 20 as the Suns handed the Dallas Mavericks their fifth loss in a row, 102-88 on Wednesday night.

But anyone who saw Canaan break his left ankle probably wished they hadn't.

Driving to the basket in the final seconds of the first quarter, Canaan was fouled by Wesley Matthews and landed awkwardly. His left foot twisted almost 180 degrees in the wrong direction.

As trainers rushed to Canaan, the crowd groaned and some of his shocked teammates covered their eyes or looked away. Phoenix guard Devin Booker pulled his jersey over his face.

Team doctor Tom Carter rotated the foot and ankle back into their proper positions and said afterward that Canaan never uttered a word of pain. He was loaded onto a stretcher and wheeled off the court.

"It's hard for fans and everyone sitting right there, and teammates especially, a guy they battle with every day. It's their friend on and off the court," Suns interim coach Jay Triano said. "I used the timeout to let us say a quick prayer and get us refocused again to keep playing."

Marquese Chriss had 15 points and 12 rebounds for the Suns, who beat Dallas for the fourth time in a row dating to last season.

After missing Monday night's game in Memphis with bruised ribs, Booker was back at point guard for Phoenix. He played 32 minutes and scored 15 points.

"I think we were just playing with high energy," Booker said. "A lot of our points were in transition. Josh and T.J. ran the lanes and it started at the defensive end."

Dennis Smith Jr. scored 17, Harrison Barnes 15 and Dirk Nowitzki 14 for the Mavericks, who shot just 36 percent.

Booker opened the game with a 3-pointer and Phoenix never relinquished the lead.

Danuel House made two 3s and Canaan and Jared Dudley one apiece in a 12-2 run that put the Suns up 35-14 with 23 seconds left in the first quarter. Phoenix led 36-17 after one.

"Bad first quarter put us in a huge hole," Dallas coach Rick Carlisle said. "The rest of the game was somewhat manageable but the first quarter, down by 19 points, is just too big a hole on the road."

The Mavericks cut it to single digits twice in the second quarter and were down 57-46 at halftime. Phoenix dominated the third period, leading 81-58 after a 3 by Troy Daniels with 2:20 left.

The Mavericks cut it to 91-84 on Smith's 3-pointer with 3:17 to go, but Booker responded with a three-point play to put Phoenix up 94-84. Dallas never got it to single digits again.

THINKING OF ISAIAH

Canaan, in his fifth NBA season, was signed Dec. 13 after being waived by Houston in October. He was scheduled to have surgery on Thursday, Triano said.

"A guy who comes in here and battles every day," Booker said, "earned a spot on an NBA team after being in and out of the league. Tough break for him. Prayer out to him and his family."

TIP-INS

Mavericks: Matthews shot 2 of 17. ... Nowitzki played 27 minutes and is 32 shy of becoming the sixth player in NBA history to play 50,000 minutes in the regular season. ... Nowitzki's 1,462 career points in 70 regular-season games against Phoenix are fifth-most by any player against the Suns in their history.

Suns: The 88 points scored by Dallas matched a season low for a Phoenix opponent. ... The four-game winning streak over Dallas is the Suns' longest against the Mavs since winning nine in a row from 1997-99. ... Chriss missed the previous game with a sprained ankle. ... The Suns set the NBA record on Monday in Memphis with a 3-pointer in their 1,109th consecutive game and made it 1,110 on Wednesday. Dallas previously held the record of 1,108.

UP NEXT

Mavericks: At the Sacramento Kings on Saturday night.

Suns: Host the Utah Jazz on Friday night.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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<![CDATA[Heat Complete Another Season Series Over Mavs With Win]]>Tue, 30 Jan 2018 17:28:57 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/170*120/1517286395-MavsHeat_AL024_60884814_79881.jpg

Hassan Whiteside had 25 points and 14 rebounds as the Miami Heat completed another season series sweep of the Dallas Mavericks with a 95-88 victory Monday night.

The Heat never trailed after Goran Dragic had a steal that led to Tyler Johnson's tiebreaking 3-pointer to make it 38-35 just under 4 1/2 minutes left in the first half. Their lead went to double-digits again after Whiteside had consecutive baskets midway through the third quarter.

Harrison Barnes had 20 points and Wesley Matthews 19 for the Mavericks (16-35), who have dropped four games in a row and seven of eight overall.

This is the 14th time in their 30 seasons that the Heat, who beat Dallas 113-101 at home on Dec. 22, have swept the regular-season series. These teams twice met in the NBA Finals, with Miami getting its first championship in 2006 and the Mavs winning their only title in 2011.

Miami (29-21) led 51-41 when Josh Richardson hit a 3-pointer with 41 seconds left in the first half. But the Mavs trimmed that in half when rookie Dennis Smith Jr. made a defended buzzer-beating 3-pointer from about 27 feet to make it 51-46. James Johnson had a hand up in front of Smiths' face with Whiteside coming from the side.

Richardson had 14 points for the Heat, while Gragic had 13 and Kelly Olynyk 12.

Smith scored 14 for Dallas, and Nowitzki 10.

TIP-INS

Heat: Whiteside had his 18th double-double this season. ... For the second game in a row, Miami won to complete a season sweep. The Heat beat Charlotte on Saturday night to complete a four-game series sweep. ... The only team the Heat have swept more in the regular season is Sacramento at 15 times. The lost to the Kings already this season.

Mavericks: Nowitziki has now played 49,941 minutes, only 59 shy of becoming only the sixth player in NBA history with 50,000 career minutes. Elvin Hayes had exactly 50,000 career minutes, and former Mavs guard Jason Kidd is fourth on the league's career list at 50,111. "It's a very staggering accomplishment and done with such grace and such little hype that it's probably very much taken for granted," coach Rick Carlisle said. ... G J.J. Barea missed his second straight game because of a left oblique strain.

UP NEXT

Miami still has three games left on its four-game trip, and play Cleveland on Wednesday night.

The Mavericks hit the road for four games over nine nights, starting Wednesday at Phoenix.



Photo Credit: Ashley Landis/The Dallas Morning News]]>
<![CDATA[Smith Not Feeling Any Pressure During Rookie Season ]]>Mon, 29 Jan 2018 17:57:39 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/mavs_smith_feels_good_1200x675_1148707907518.jpg

Mavericks rookie guard Dennis Smith Jr. isn't feeling the pressure or fatigue during the first half of his rookie season. ]]>
<![CDATA[Jokic Has Triple-Double as Nuggets Beat Mavericks]]>Sun, 28 Jan 2018 00:35:25 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-911218046.jpg

Nikola Jokic completed his second triple-double with a late jumper to put Denver ahead, and the Nuggets held on to beat the Dallas Mavericks 91-89 on Saturday night.

Jokic had 11 points, 16 rebounds and 11 assists. Gary Harris scored 24 to help Denver rally from nine points down in the fourth quarter for its third straight victory.

Nuggets point guard Jamal Murray was healthy but did not start for an undisclosed reason. After averaging 26.7 points in his previous three games, he struggled early Saturday before scoring all 15 of his points in the second half.

The Mavericks were missing guards J.J. Barea (oblique strain) and Devin Harris (personal reasons) but played well without them. They faltered down the stretch, going 4:27 without a field goal late in the game.

Harrison Barnes had 22 points and Dennis Smith Jr. had 13 points, six rebounds and six assists for Dallas. The Mavericks have lost three in a row.

Dallas trailed by 12 early but quickly erased the deficit and took a three-point lead in the second quarter. The Mavericks went on a 16-1 run to end the third and take a 74-66 lead.

Denver rallied to get back into it, and Jokic drained a jumper from the top of the key to give the Nuggets a 91-89 lead with 1:12 left. Barnes missed a 3-pointer, but an offensive foul was called on Jokic with 12.7 seconds left. After Mason Plumlee blocked Smith's layup out of bounds, Wesley Matthews missed a 3 at the buzzer.

TIP-INS

Mavericks: Coach Rick Carlisle said he hopes Barea's oblique injury is not a long-term issue. "I hope it's a one-nighter," he said. "It happened on a freakish play (Friday) night where he was reaching for the ball." ... Harris missed his second straight game for personal reasons and fourth in a row overall. He had missed the previous two games with a concussion.

Nuggets: F Wilson Chandler left in the first half due to illness and did not return. ... F Tyler Lydon had arthroscopic surgery on his left knee Friday and is expected to miss the rest of the season. Lydon was hurt Wednesday while playing for the Rio Grande Valley Vipers in a G League game.

UP NEXT

Mavericks: Host the Miami Heat on Monday night.

Nuggets: Host the Boston Celtics on Monday night.



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<![CDATA[Lillard Leads Trail Blazers Past Mavericks]]>Fri, 26 Jan 2018 23:09:25 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-905821288.jpg

Damian Lillard scored 28 points to lead the Portland Trail Blazers past the Dallas Mavericks 107-93 on Friday night.

C.J. McCollum added 20 points and Jusuf Nurkic had 12 for the Trail Blazers (27-22), who have won four of their past five games -- including two wins against the Mavericks. Ed Davis had 15 points and 13 rebounds off the bench.

Portland played without forward Evan Turner, who was out for personal reasons. Maurice Harkless started in his place and had five points in 17 minutes.

Harrison Barnes scored 21 points and Dennis Smith Jr. had 18 for the Mavericks (16-33) in the first game of a back-to-back. Dallas travels to Denver for a road contest Saturday.

Wesley Matthews added 12 points for the Mavericks.

The Trail Blazers led 52-44 at halftime and never trailed in the second half. Dallas was as close as two points -- 65-63 -- in the third quarter, but used a 20-4 run in the fourth quarter to put the game out of reach.

TIP-INS

Trail Blazers: Portland leads the all-time series 82-70 and has won three straight against Dallas.

Mavericks: G Seth Curry still has yet to play this season due to a leg injury. Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said Friday that he expects Curry to play this season, but doesn't know when. ... The Mavericks debuted their "City" Edition jersey, a black jersey with neon blue and green trim.

UP NEXT

Trail Blazers: visit the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday.

Mavericks: visit the Denver Nuggets on Saturday to complete a back-to-back.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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<![CDATA[Harden, Rockets Make It 6 Straight Over Mavs]]>Wed, 24 Jan 2018 22:50:34 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-909893420.jpg

James Harden scored 25 points after getting named to his sixth straight Western Conference All-Star team and the Houston Rockets beat the Dallas Mavericks 104-97 on Wednesday night.

Trevor Ariza had 23 points as the Rockets beat their Texas rivals for the sixth straight time, a streak that started with a four-game sweep last season. Houston won its fourth straight game and seventh in the past nine.

Eric Gordon scored 17 points on 4-of-7 shooting from 3-point range. Southwest Division-leading Houston was up and down from beyond the arc, going 10 of 14 in the first quarter and 2 of 15 in the second.

The Rockets finished two shy of their season high in 3s, going 21 of 51. Harden shot 6 of 10 and Ariza was 5 of 14. Chris Paul went 3 of 8 and had 12 points, seven rebounds and four assists.

Wesley Matthews matched his season high with 29 points for the Mavericks, who lost for the seventh time in 10 games since a season-best four-game winning streak that helped lift them out of last place in the West. Yogi Ferrell scored 19, going 4 of 5 from long range.

Ariza, who combined with Harden and Chris Paul to go 9 of 10 from 3-point range in the first quarter, was suspended two games for entering the Clippers' locker room after a feisty game in Paul's first game against his former team since the offseason trade that sent him to Houston.

Clint Capela had 16 points and 13 rebounds. That included an alley-oop dunk on a pass from near midcourt by Harden in the fourth quarter, when the Rockets took their biggest lead at 20 after a 15-point edge in the first 6 minutes was cut to six at halftime.

NO CP3

Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni wasn't thrilled that Paul was left off the All-Star team. The nine-time All-Star missed 14 games with a left knee injury and another three with a left abductor strain. But the Rockets are 24-5 in games he has played, and won his first 15 starts. He entered the Dallas game averaging 19.1 points, 8.9 assists, 5.9 rebounds and 1.9 steals per game. "People that should be watching games don't watch the games and see how important a guy is," D'Antoni said. "It's perplexing."

TIP-INS

Rockets: Capela extended a career best with his 11th straight double-digit scoring game, and the Rockets improved to 16-2 when he scores at least 15. ... Houston was just 11 of 23 on free throws, in part because Harden, an 87 percent free-throw shooter, matched his season low with two attempts.

Mavericks: Rookie PG Dennis Smith Jr. was chosen for the Rising Stars game, and coach Rick Carlisle has been campaigning for him to be in the dunk contest during All-Star weekend. Smith is among rookie leaders in points, assists and steals. ... G Kyle Collinsworth was signed to a second 10-day contract. ... G Devin Harris, who has been in the concussion protocol, missed his second straight game and will be out at least two more, coach Rick Carlisle said. ... Dirk Nowitzki scored seven points in a season-low 15 minutes.

UP NEXT

Rockets: At New Orleans on Friday.

Mavericks: Portland at home on Friday.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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<![CDATA[Mavericks Face Tough Test Against Houston Rockets]]>Wed, 24 Jan 2018 19:51:07 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/CARLISLE_AND_FERRELL_ON_ROCKETS_FOR_WEB_1200x675_1145019459981.jpg

The Dallas Mavericks take on the Southwest Division-leading Houston Rockets Wednesday night. Yogi Ferrell and head coach Rick Carlisle breakdown the challenges of facing Chris Paul and James Harden.]]>
<![CDATA[Mavs Slow Recent Slide With Season Sweep of Wizards]]>Mon, 22 Jan 2018 23:29:51 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-908987586.jpg

Harrison Barnes had 20 points and 10 rebounds, rookie Dennis Smith Jr. scored 17 and the Dallas Mavericks finished a season sweep of playoff-contending Washington, beating the Wizards 98-75 on Monday night.

The Mavericks slowed a recent slide that had them headed back to the bottom of the Western Conference, ending their second three-game losing streak since the start of January.

Barnes, who scored a season-best 31 points in a 113-99 win at Washington in November, was 9 of 16 from the field.

The Mavericks held the high-scoring backcourt of John Wall and Bradley Beal to 28 percent shooting. Beal scored 18 and Wall had 11 -- the only double-digit scorers for the Wizards -- as the guards combined to go 8 of 29 from the field.

Wall missed all four of his 3-point attempts as Washington went 7 of 32 from long range (22 percent) and shot 31 percent overall. The Wizards had their second-lowest point total behind a 116-69 loss at Utah in December.

The Mavericks held an opponent to season lows in points in the first half (37) and the game.

Dirk Nowitzki had just two points when he converted a four-point play to start the fourth quarter to give Dallas its biggest lead to that point at 75-54.

Nowitzki, who finished with eight points and nine rebounds, hit his 3 before the foul by Mike Scott from the same left corner where Yogi Ferrell connected at the third-quarter buzzer. Ferrell scored 14 points along with Wesley Matthews, who was 4 of 8 from 3-point range.

Smith, who also had a game-high six assists, scored his first points on a 360-degree dunk and later in the first half soared between Wall and Otto Porter Jr. for a layup.

TIP-INS

Wizards: F Markieff Morris and coach Scott Brooks got technicals in the first half. Morris was complaining about no-calls on fouls after he was called for one when he knocked the ball loose as Smith was going up for a dunk on a 3-on-1 break. Brooks got his in the final seconds of the half, not long after Morris was called for an offensive foul. ... Porter left with a right hip strain and didn't return.

Mavericks: C Salah Mejri was ejected after getting two technicals when he kept arguing with official David Guthrie despite Matthews trying to push him away. Rick Carlisle wasn't happy with Mejri, yelling at him to get off the floor when Mejri tried to tell his coach he didn't say anything. "Yeah you did," Carlisle shot back. ... J.J. Barea was called for a technical while he and Wall exchanged words following a foul on Barea in the fourth quarter. ... G Devin Harris is in the concussion protocol and missed the game. He was injured in Saturday's loss at Portland.

UP NEXT

Wizards: At Oklahoma City on Thursday in fourth game of five-game trip, tied for their longest of the season. The teams will finish the two-game season series five days later in Washington.

Mavericks: Host Houston on Wednesday.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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<![CDATA[Sharp-Shooting Lillard Gets 31 Points, Blazers Beat Mavs]]>Sun, 21 Jan 2018 08:29:16 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-905821288.jpg

Damian Lillard tried to make a final statement as the NBA All-Star roster deadline nears.

The Portland guard hit his first nine shots -- including seven 3-pointers -- and scored 31 points as the Trail Blazers beat the Dallas Mavericks 117-108 on Saturday night for their season-best sixth consecutive home win.

Lillard, who didn't miss a shot until late in the third quarter, went 10 of 15 from the floor and handed out nine assists to lead Portland. Backcourt mate CJ McCollum scored 26 points, while Evan Turner had 17 points and Al-Farouq Aminu 13.

Portland tied a season high with 18 3-pointers. Six Blazers made at least two each, led by Lillard's seven.

NBA All-Star reserves, voted by the coaches, will be announced Tuesday. Portland's next game isn't until Monday, and by then, many coaches will have already voted. Saturday's performance might have been Lillard's last All-Star statement.

Lillard didn't see Saturday's game as an All-Star audition, but rather, what he's supposed to do.

"I gotta play at a certain way and perform at a certain level for us to be able to win games," he said. "That's why my job is. I don't have anything else to say about it."

Turner spoke up on Lillard's behalf.

"He's been playing at a high level," Turner said. "An All-Star level. They screwed him the last two years, right? When's the make-up call? They owe him a couple. That's case enough."

Wesley Matthews led Dallas with 23 points. Dirk Nowitzki and Dennis Smith Jr. scored 21 points each, with Nowitzki setting a season high.

Portland led by 18 points in the second half but had trouble putting away the pesky Mavericks. Dallas whittled away at Portland's advantage during the fourth quarter, getting as close as five points with 36 seconds remaining. A dunk by the Blazers' Ed Davis with 17 seconds left put the Mavericks away.

Portland led 62-45 at halftime, after the Blazers shot 57 percent (24 of 42) during the first half.

"First half, I thought was bad. Second half was very good. You've got to play both halves, so we've got to get a better start," Dallas coach Rick Carlisle said.

Portland led 33-20 after the first quarter, and its dominance was particularly evidence on the final two baskets. Shabazz Napier stripped J.J. Barea at midcourt and finished with a rare dunk. Seconds later, McCollum had a layup after blowing by Yogi Ferrell so quickly the Dallas guard fell to the ground.

TIP-INS

Mavericks: Barea returned to the lineup after missing Tuesday's game at Denver. He scored 12 points. ... This is the second time this season Dallas has had a four-day break in between games. The Mavericks are 0-2 in that situation. ... Devin Harris suffered a head injury during the first half and didn't return.

Trail Blazers: Matthews left the Blazers for Dallas following the 2014-15 season, but he's still popular in Portland, as fans warmly cheered him during pregame introductions. ... Last season, Lillard averaged 28.3 points in three games against the Mavericks.

NURKIC REACTS TO TECH

The game got chippy down the stretch, with three technical fouls during the final five minutes. The most prominent happened after Blazers' Jusuf Nurkic and Dallas' Salah Mejri became entangled under the basket. As the two released, Mejri flew to the ground. After consulting the television monitor, Nurkic was assessed a technical.

"I thought he locked my arm and I didn't like that. So I let him know - dirty plays - I don't like that," Nurkic said. "The refs are going to do what they're going to do. He got fouled and then he locked my arm on purpose. That's not good."

UP NEXT

Mavericks: Monday night at home against Washington

Trail Blazers: Monday night at Denver.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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<![CDATA[Mavs Rookie Dennis Smith Jr. Wants in the NBA Dunk Contest]]>Wed, 17 Jan 2018 18:44:45 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/smith-dennis-dunk.jpg

Dennis Smith Jr. has all the requirements for being a next-level dunker.

And yes, part of that is because he can get to that next level with his cartoon-character hops that elevate him to the rim and beyond while others feel gravity’s grip much sooner.

But the Mavericks’ rookie also has the youth, desire and creativity to be an artist when it comes to dunking the basketball in ways that make us go ooh and ahh. That’s why he’s OK with putting the onus on the

Click here to read more from our partners at The Dallas Morning News.

Should the Dallas Mavs Rookie Dennis Smith Jr. be in the Dunk Contest? Vote in the poll at the top right.

If the NBA picks him and he agrees he would be the 3rd Maverick to be in the contest. The last player was Michael Finley in 1997. Finley still works for the Mavs, He came in 3rd place in 1997.

Before him it was Tony Dumas in 1995  and he has a small piece of history in that he hurt a knee while trying to do a dunk he called the “Texas Twister.” That fueled the fire for players who believe that being in the dunk contest is an unnecessary risk to their bodies.



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<![CDATA[Grambling Band to Perform During Mavs African-American Night]]>Wed, 17 Jan 2018 12:06:56 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/mavs-center-court.jpg

The Dallas Mavericks will host the "World Famed" Grambling Tiger Marching Band Friday during African-American heritage night.

The annual event starts at 5:30 P.M. with a pre-game mixer in the Budweiser EIGTHEEN76 Lounge and will conclude with a postgame after-party presented by Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey featuring DJ Steve Nice in the Lexus Club (game ticket required for both events).

African-American Heritage Night is a fundraiser for UNCF and National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC), Inc. and a portion of the proceeds raised from this special ticket offer will go toward scholarships provided by UNCF and NPHC.

Throughout the night, the Mavs, local Historical Black College and Universities (HBCU) Alumni and the National Pan-Hellenic Council will host Greek Night for the Dallas Alumni Chapters of Alpha Phi Alpha, Alpha Kappa Alpha, Kappa Alpha Psi, Omega Psi Phi, Delta Sigma Theta, Phi Beta Sigma, Zeta Phi Beta, Sigma Gamma Rho and Iota Phi Theta.

All members of Greek organizations are encouraged to wear their Greek paraphernalia at the game.  
 
At halftime, Grambling's “World Famed” Tiger Marching Band will perform.
 
For ticket information visit mavs.com/AAHN.



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<![CDATA[Jokic's Big Night Helps Nuggets Hold off Mavericks]]>Wed, 17 Jan 2018 04:56:58 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-905806522.jpg

Michael Malone wasn't all that thrilled about the lack of composure in the final quarter. Or all the turnovers. Or the shot selection. Or even the defense.

Still, he won't quibble with the outcome.

"We survived," Denver's coach said.

Nikola Jokic scored 29 points and grabbed a season-high 18 rebounds, Gary Harris hit two late free throws and the Nuggets held off the Dallas Mavericks 105-102 on Tuesday night after nearly blowing a 23-point lead.

"We lost focus in the fourth quarter and we gave them a chance to come back in the game," Jokic said. "That was bad."

The Nuggets led 82-59 with 4:04 left in the third before Dallas staged a massive comeback. The Mavericks cut the deficit to one on a three-point play by Dennis Smith Jr. with 10.4 seconds remaining. After Harris made two free throws, the Mavericks had a chance for a last-second shot, but Dwight Powell couldn't corral a long pass as the buzzer sounded.

"We never give up," Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said. "There are some things to build on here."

So, what exactly changed in the fourth?

"I don't know. I'll have to go back and watch film to figure it out," said Smith, who finished with 25 points.

The Nuggets unraveled during a fourth quarter in which they were outscored 33-19. They turned the ball over several times, leading to 10 points, hit just 3 of 7 free throws and allowed Dallas to drain three 3-pointers.

"I thought we looked like a poorly coached team in that fourth quarter," Malone said. "I take that very personally. We all have to be better down the stretch. If that game is 10 seconds longer, we probably lose.

"But I'm not going to say it's a complete waste -- we got a win. I'm proud of our guys for having enough fortitude down the stretch to get the win."

Harris finished with 25 points and Will Barton added 22 for the Nuggets, who won for just the second time in six games.

Trying to address the issue of slow starts, Malone tweaked the starting lineup by inserting Barton and sending Mason Plumlee to the bench. The change worked as Denver led at halftime. That's significant because it halted a streak of seven straight games in which the Nuggets trailed at intermission.

Denver made protecting the paint a point of emphasis in this contest. When the Mavericks beat the Nuggets 122-105 on Dec. 4, they dominated points in the paint with 64. That figure comes with a caveat -- Jokic was sidelined with an ankle sprain.

This time, Dallas had 42.

Harris and Jokic combined to score Denver's opening 22 points, before Plumlee got in the scoring act with a free throw late in the first quarter.

TIP-INS

Mavericks: J.J. Barea sat out with a strained groin. ... F Harrison Barnes contributed 17 points, while reserve Devin Harris had 16.

Nuggets: The team had two buzzer-beaters -- Barton on a 3-pointer to end the first quarter and Jokic with a tip-in to close out the second. ... Jokic had seven assists.

INJURY UPDATE

Carlisle said it's looking like at least February until Dorian Finney-Smith (left knee), Nerlens Noel (left thumb) and Seth Curry (left tibia) return.

"Right now Nerlens is on track to be on the floor before any of them," Carlisle said. "If all goes well it's very possible he could be back playing in the first week of February."

YOUTH IS SERVED

A reason for Denver's disparity between its home record (16-5) and road mark (7-16) is plain, old youth.

"It's our reality. Jamal (Murray) is 20. That's not an excuse, he's 20 years old," Malone said. "We have a lot of young players and we have to help them get through these tough times."

SPORADIC JOKIC

Malone isn't worried about Jokic's up-and-down performances. All part of his learning curve.

"This is his third year in the NBA. He was a second-round pick. Now all of a sudden people want him to be Superman," Malone said. "Very few players in NBA history come in their first, second and third year and put a franchise on their back. What you love about Nikola is he doesn't shy from it."

UP NEXT

Mavericks: At the Trail Blazers on Saturday.

Cavaliers: Travel to the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday.



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<![CDATA[Home Losses Continue to Frustrate Dirk, Mavericks]]>Tue, 16 Jan 2018 15:24:49 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/mavs_dirk_frustrations_1200x675_1138214979561.jpg

Dirk Nowitzki discusses the Mavericks' frustration concerning their poor home record this season. The Mavericks are 9-14 in downtown Dallas. ]]>
<![CDATA[Mavericks Discuss What MLK Day Means to Them]]>Mon, 15 Jan 2018 16:18:20 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/mavericks_discuss_mlk_day_1200x675_1137467971892.jpg

Harrison Barnes and Dirk Nowtizki explain to NBC 5 sports director Newy Scruggs what Martin Luther King Jr. Day means to them. ]]>
<![CDATA[Randle Leads Lakers Past Mavericks in Overtime]]>Sat, 13 Jan 2018 18:21:10 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/180*120/mavericks+lakers+sunday.jpg

With a matinee game in the middle of a road trip, Dallas native Julius Randle had a rare opportunity to enjoy a night off in his hometown.   

He already had a good afternoon.   

Randle had 23 points and 15 rebounds, including a follow shot late in overtime that helped the Los Angeles Lakers seal a 107-101 victory over the Mavericks on Saturday.   

"Yeah, I'm going to enjoy it for sure," Randle said. "I've got my little man here, got my wife here, my family. I'm going to enjoy this night."   

With his team leading 104-101, Randle grabbed a rebound on Lonzo Ball's missed jump shot and scored on the rebound with 18 seconds remaining, giving the Lakers a five-point lead they preserved to extend their winning streak to a season-best four games.   

"That's a tough place to win, so it's a good job getting this win on the road," Randle said.   

The Lakers (15-27) trailed by double digits in the fourth quarter, but battled back for their first win against the Mavericks in 15 tries and their first victory in Dallas since Feb. 24, 2013.   

"We just didn't want to lose," guard Jordan Clarkson said.   

Clarkson added 19 points, Kyle Kuzma had 18, and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 17.   

Rookie Dennis Smith Jr. had 23 points, 17 in the first half, as the Mavericks (15-29) had a two-game win streak snapped. Harrison Barnes and Wesley Matthews each had 17 points for Dallas.   

Randle scored six points in overtime, including a fadeaway shot with 2:35 remaining that gave the Lakers a 102-99 lead.   

"He was just being a beast tonight," Smith said. "Using his power all game, he was relentless. So it worked out pretty well for them."   

Each team had a chance to win the game in final seconds of regulation.   

Barnes made a pull-up jumper in the paint to tie the game at 95 with 5.9 seconds remaining. The Lakers called a timeout but couldn't get off a clean shot before the buzzer.   

"I told them going into overtime, `All right, it's time to regroup now,"' Lakers coach Luke Walton said. "They made some tough shots (at the end of regulation), and now it's time to refocus. We've been in overtime games before, and let's take it possession by possession."   

There were six ties and 12 lead changes in the game, and the Lakers turned it into a close game when they orchestrated a 15-3 run in the fourth quarter, erasing the 80-70 lead that Dallas had taken early in the fourth quarter on a 3-pointer by Dirk Nowitzki.   

"We gave up the 10-point lead in the fourth, we obviously lost some defensive edge there," Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said. "We just weren't able to stop them. That was really it."   

Los Angeles played most of the game without Brandon Ingram, who had four points in the first half before a sprained left ankle pulled him from the game. 

 "It's a mild ankle sprain, day-to-day. I think they took him back to get some X-rays. I don't know that part of it, but he's day-to-day right now," Walton said. "We're obviously hopeful that he'll be able to get back with us because we need what he does out there on the court."   

TIP-INS   

Lakers: The Lakers' four-game win streak comes after a season-worst, nine-game skid.   

Mavericks: G Kyle Collingsworth was signed to a 10-day contract on Saturday. Collingsworth was originally signed to a two-way contract by Dallas on Dec. 19 but had been waived on Jan. 10 after playing in four games.   

DOUBLE-DOUBLE   

Kuzma had his 10th double-double of the season with 18 points and 10 rebounds. Kuzma also had three assists and a steal in 36 minutes off the bench.   

MOVING UP   

Nowitzki passed former Laker Jerry West with his 7,161st career free throw made in the second quarter, taking sole possession of sixth in NBA history. Nowitzki finished 3 for 4 from the line and now has 7,163 makes in his career. Michael Jordan ranks fifth all-time with 7,327 made free throws.   

UP NEXT   

Lakers: Visit the Memphis Grizzlies on Monday.   

Mavericks: Visit the Denver Nuggets on Tuesday.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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<![CDATA[4-Year-Old With Hearing Implant Hears Mavs' Drummers]]>Wed, 10 Jan 2018 23:59:24 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Hearing_Mavs_Drummers_10p.jpg

A North Texas family shared a special moment from Tuesday night's Dallas Mavericks game at the American Airlines Center.

Four-year-old Jace Aguilar lost his hearing as a toddler, but he has a brand-new cochlear implant that has restored much of his hearing.

His mother, Brenda Aguilar, says the implant is working great.

She shared a video with NBC 5 showing Jace hearing the Mavs' drum line perform for the very first time.

His mom says Jace loves basketball and hopes to start playing soon.

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<![CDATA[Barnes, Ferrell Lead Mavericks Past Hornets]]>Wed, 10 Jan 2018 21:51:12 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-627063898.jpg

Harrison Barnes had 25 points and 11 rebounds, Yogi Ferrell made seven 3-pointers and scored 22 points and the Dallas Mavericks fended off fatigue to beat a fresh Charlotte Hornets team 115-111 on Wednesday night.

Dirk Nowitzki added 19 points for the Mavericks, and Dennis Smith Jr. had 15.

The Mavericks were playing their third game in four days, while the Hornets were coming off a four-day layoff. But Dallas showed no signs of wearing down in the fourth quarter, repeatedly thwarting Charlotte's attempts to take the lead.

Kemba Walker had 41 points on 16-of-28 shooting for the Hornets. Dwight Howard had 15 points and 12 rebounds for Charlotte, but was an anemic 5 of 18 from the foul line which proved costly in a close game.

Charlotte trailed by six entering the fourth quarter, but Jeremy Lamb buried a 3-pointer from the right wing to pull the Hornets even with 9 minutes left.

But the Hornets could never grab the lead.

The big play came with 2 minutes remaining when Salah Mejri ripped an offensive rebound away from Howard and kicked out a pass to Ferrell, who knocked down a 3-pointer from the top of the key to give the Mavericks a 5-point lead.

Barnes followed with a long 3 on the next possession.

The Hornets weren't done though, battling back to cut the lead to 111-110 with 31 seconds left on a pair of layups by Walker, including one off a half-court steal.

But after a miss by Walker, Barnes put the game away with two free throws with 10 seconds left.

TIP INS:

Mavericks: The team was awarded two-way forward Jalen Jones on a waiver claim. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed. In a related move, the Mavericks also requested waivers on two-way guard Kyle Collinsworth. Jones appeared in four games for the New Orleans Pelicans as a rookie this season, averaging 1.3 points per game.

Hornets: Hornets assistant head coach Stephen Silas said backup center Cody Zeller is "not very close" to returning to action following his left knee injury. "He just started doing some spot shooting, but he's not very close," Silas said.

UP NEXT:

Mavericks: Host Lakers on Saturday.

Hornets: Host Jazz on Friday.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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<![CDATA[Mavericks Beat Magic, Stop 3-Game Slide]]>Tue, 09 Jan 2018 23:52:53 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-903144204.jpg

Dirk Nowitzki and rookie Dennis Smith Jr. each scored 20 points, and Dallas Mavericks stopped a three-game slide by beating the Orlando Magic 114-99 on Tuesday night.

Wesley Matthews had 16 points for Dallas, which got its first win since Dec. 31 against Oklahoma City. Harrison Barnes and Yogi Ferrell scored 15 points apiece, and J.J. Barea had 12 assists and eight points.

Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle earned his 708th career win, moving past John MacLeod for 17th in NBA history. Next up for Carlisle is Gene Shue, who has 784 wins.

Aaron Gordon scored 19 points for Orlando, which has lost five in a row. D.J. Augustin had 18 points, and Marreese Speights finished with 13 points and 10 rebounds.

The Magic led 48-43 at halftime, but Nowitzki and Smith helped the Mavericks rally with 15 points apiece in the second half.

Leading 66-64 with 4:04 remaining in the third quarter, Ferrell made a pull-up jumper and Barnes followed with another jump shot. The Mavs carried an 82-75 lead into the fourth.

The Magic pulled within four in the final period before the Mavericks closed out the game with a 14-3 run in the final four minutes.

Dallas shot 51.8 percent from the floor. Orlando shot 45.6 percent and had 13 turnovers in sloppy offensive performance.

TIP-INS

Magic: F Wes Iwundu and C Kehm Birch were recalled from the G League.

Mavericks: Dallas has not lost a regular-season series to Orlando since the 1997-98 season. The final scheduled meeting between the teams is April 4 in Orlando.

UP NEXT

Magic: Visit the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday.

Mavericks: Host the Los Angeles Lakers on Saturday.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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<![CDATA[Carlisle Stands By Comments on ESPN Article]]>Tue, 09 Jan 2018 16:53:58 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/carlisle+epsn+article.jpg

Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle is not backing down from recent comments over an ESPN article that quoted Lavar Ball as saying the Los Angeles Lakers won't play for head coach Luke Walton. ]]>
<![CDATA[Lewisville Fan Wins Sweepstakes, Meets Dirk Nowitzki]]>Mon, 08 Jan 2018 22:30:57 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-866809444.jpg

A die-hard Mavericks fan from Lewisville had a once in a lifetime experience over the weekend, thanks to a line of new sandwiches.

Rebecca Valera got a chance to meet Dirk Nowtizki and watch the Mavericks take on the Knicks on Sunday after being named the winner in the “Win a Day With Dirk,” created by Dallas-based Which Wich.

In October, Which Wich partnered with the Mavericks superstar to roll out the new line of sandwiches benefiting his charitable organization, The Dirk Nowitzki Foundation. The “DirkWiches” is to celebrate Nowtizki’s 20 years in Dallas.

The sweepstakes was created where Valera and her family received VIP tickets to the game, dinner at the Jack Daniel’s club, tour the Mavs locker room and meet Nowitzki.

The Mavericks lost to 100-96 to the Knicks. They are back on the court Tuesday night against the Orlando Magic. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. in Dallas.



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<![CDATA[Dirk Happy About Harper's Jersey Retirement]]>Mon, 08 Jan 2018 21:31:41 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dirk_chats_about_harper_retired_jersey_1200x675_1132229187510.jpg

Dirk Nowtizki talks about his excitement over the Mavericks retiring Derek Harper's No. 12 jersey and the Dallas teams of the 1980's. ]]>
<![CDATA[Porzingis, Jack Help Knicks Edge Mavs to End Skid at 3]]>Sun, 07 Jan 2018 23:10:56 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/189*120/GettyImages-902379666.jpg

Kristaps Porzingis scored 29 points and Jarrett Jack made the tiebreaking basket with 31.2 seconds left as the New York Knicks beat the Dallas Mavericks 100-96 on Sunday night.

Kyle O'Quinn had 15 points and 11 rebounds, and Enes Kanter added 13 points and 18 boards for the Knicks, who ended a three-game losing streak and sent the Mavericks to their third straight loss -- all at home.

Harrison Barnes scored 25 points and Devin Harris had nine of his 11 in the fourth quarter as the Mavericks made yet another rally on the night they honored their long-time point guard Derek Harper by retiring his jersey.

Dallas never led in the game, and after coming up just short in furious fourth-quarter rallies against Golden State and Chicago earlier in their homestand, the Mavericks made another run after falling behind 90-77 with 4:48 to go.

Harris hit 3-pointers to start and end a 15-2 run over a 2:20 span to tie the score at 92. After Porzingis made two free throws and Barnes hit a short jumper, Jack used a screen to penetrate into the lane and drop in a floater.

J.J. Barea missed a long 3 that would have given Dallas the lead, and Courtney Lee hit four free throws in the final 16.6 seconds to seal it.

Kanter and Porzingis combined for 24 points in the first half. New York took a 56-52 halftime lead on the strength of 56 percent shooting, despite a sequence where Kanter missed a short hook shot and then four consecutive tips.

New York built its lead to 73-63 midway through the third quarter before the Mavericks closed the quarter on an 8-2 run.

But after Harris' three-point play cut the lead to 77-74 with 11:27 to play, Dallas did not score again for five minutes as the Knicks built the lead to 13.

HARPER HONORED

The Mavericks retired Harper's No. 12, the third Dallas player to be so honored. Harper's jersey joins those of his former teammates Brad Davis (No. 15) and Rolando Blackman (No. 22) in the rafters. Harper played 12 seasons in a 16-year career with the Mavericks, ranking fourth in the team's history in points and first in assists and steals. Harper also made the NBA Finals with the Knicks in 1994 and is now the analyst on Mavericks' TV broadcasts.

"I couldn't be more pleased for one of the best competitors I ever played against or saw play," said Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle. "It's interesting with Derek's number going into the rafters tonight and with Dennis Smith Jr., here. Going forward, I would love to see Dennis continue to develop his competitiveness, particularly at the defensive end, the way Derek did."

TIP-INS

Knicks: The Knicks guaranteed the contract of Jack for the remainder of the season. Jack has averaged seven points and six assists for New York. "He's helped bring some veteran leadership to our young guys," coach Jeff Hornacek said. "Early in the season, he was able to kind of direct traffic offensively, telling guys where to go all the time until they really learned it well."

Mavericks: Davis and Blackman were among the former Mavericks in attendance, and 86-year-old Dick Motta, the Mavericks' coach from 1980-87 and 1994-96, spoke at the ceremony.

UP NEXT

Knicks: Return home to play Chicago on Wednesday.

Mavericks: Host Orlando on Tuesday to conclude a four-game homestand.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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<![CDATA[Mavericks Retire Derek Harper's No. 12 Jersey]]>Sun, 07 Jan 2018 22:48:13 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/mavs_harper_retired_jersey_1200x675_1131523651933.jpg

During halftime of the Mavericks' game against the New York Knicks, the team retired former point guard Derek Harper's No 12 jersey. Harper spoke about the occasion afterwards. ]]>
<![CDATA[Mavericks' Rick Carlisle Rips Recent ESPN Article]]>Sun, 07 Jan 2018 18:58:42 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/carlisle_rips_espn_article_1200x675_1131420227718.jpg

Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle did not hold back when asked about a recent ESPN article that quoted Lavar Ball saying the Los Angeles Lakers won't play for head coach Luke Walton. Carlisle is the head of the NBA Coaches Association. ]]>
<![CDATA[Dunn Scores Career-High 32 as Bulls Hold Off Mavs]]>Fri, 05 Jan 2018 23:47:49 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-887272212.jpg

Kris Dunn scored a career-high 32 points, Justin Holiday added 23 and the Chicago Bulls held off a frantic Dallas rally in a 127-124 victory over the Mavericks on Friday night.

Rookie Lauri Markkanen had 16 with an emphatic follow-up dunk during a surge that put the Bulls up 10 with 1:08 to play.

The Mavericks slowly trimmed the deficit with full-court pressure and fouls in the final minute. Dallas actually had a shot to tie, but Yogi Ferrell's 3-pointer at the buzzer was short. The teams combined for 35 points in the final 68 seconds.

Wesley Matthews led Dallas with 24 points and Harrison Barnes had 23 in a fitting matchup of teams having nearly identical seasons -- miserable starts followed by respectable recoveries that pulled each out of last place in its conference.

Dunn hit a jumper to start a 16-4 run that ended with Nikola Mirotic's layup on an assist from Dunn for a 114-104 lead.

The Mavericks fouled the Bulls eight times in the final minute-plus, and the Bulls made all 13 free throws. But Dallas chipped away by getting three points on four different possessions, capped by Dennis Smith Jr. He missed from beyond the arc but hit an even longer one after an offensive rebound by Barnes to get within 125-124.

Dallas quickly fouled Holiday, who made both free throws with 2.6 seconds left before Ferrell's miss from the left wing after a long inbound pass was relayed to him. The Bulls outscored the Mavericks 47-36 in the fourth quarter.

Holiday (5 of 6) and Dunn (4 of 5) combined to go 9 of 11 from 3-point range as the Bulls shot 50 percent (14 of 28) from beyond the arc.

Dirk Nowitzki scored 19 points and was 3 of 3 from long range, including one to give the Mavericks their final lead at 100-98. Smith scored 10 of his 15 in the final 44 seconds, including a dunk after a steal that helped give Dallas a chance at the buzzer.

TIP-INS

Bulls: Coach Fred Hoiberg said G Zach LaVine (left knee) was still on schedule for his possible season debut in about a week. LaVine had a light day of shooting and will get another full workout Saturday. It's possible he could play in the G League first. ... Dunn, in his second season, topped his previous best of 24 on Nov. 28 against Phoenix. ... Mirotic had 11 points and 10 rebounds.

Mavericks: Matthews had his second straight 20-point game, matching his previous total for the season. ... J.J. Barea had 11 points and nine assists. ... Dwight Powell scored 13 before fouling out during the frantic final minute.

UP NEXT

Bulls: At Indiana on Saturday.

Mavericks: Knicks at home Sunday.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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<![CDATA[Mark Cuban Made a Power Move That Changed the Mavericks]]>Thu, 04 Jan 2018 21:24:33 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/183*120/GettyImages-470272300.jpg

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban bought the Dallas Mavericks 18 years ago. NBC 5's Newy Scruggs and Cowboys Insider Jean-Jacques Taylor talk about Cuban's accomplishments as an owner.

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<![CDATA[Mavs No Longer Known as 'Little Cows' in China]]>Thu, 04 Jan 2018 16:09:06 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-887255278.jpg

The Dallas Mavericks have selected a new Chinese name for the team -- one that's a little easier to rally behind.

For nearly two decades, the team said Thursday, the Mavericks name has been translated into Chinese as ... "Little Cows."

Well, that's no more. Going forward, the team will be known as ,"独行侠 (DúXíngXiá), which translates roughly in English to “Lone Ranger Heroes” and is pronounced as Sue-Sing-Sha.

The name was selected by Chinese fans who took part in an online vote through Weibo, the Chinese equivalent of Twitter. Twitter is one of many popular websites banned in the communist nation.

Anyhow, from the initial votes three finalists were selected -- 独行侠 (“Lone Ranger Heroes”), 烈驹 (“Fierce Colts”) and 狂马 (“Wild Horses”).

Chinese fans again took to Weibo and chose their favorite. After more than 100,000 votes were cast -- Lone Ranger Heroes was selected as the new moniker.

“This is the beginning of a new chapter in the Mavericks’ long legacy in China,” said Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban. “With this Chinese name change, we’ve made history by giving our Chinese-speaking fans the opportunity to redefine our identity. I think that fans will be proud of this new name.”

The team posted an intense video on their page showcasing the new name -- and how to say it properly. See it here.

Over the years the Mavericks have cultivated a good relationship NBA fans in China. The team was the first to draft a Chinese-born player, Wang Zhizhi in 1999, and the team continues to engage with NBA fans in the country via social media, content and events.

You can find the Mavericks on Weibo here.



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<![CDATA[Curry's Late 3 Lifts Warriors Over Competitive Mavericks]]>Wed, 03 Jan 2018 23:41:27 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-901025094.jpg

Stephen Curry hit a long 3-pointer with three seconds to play, sending the Golden State Warriors to a 125-122 victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday night.

Curry finished with 32 points as Golden State's "Big Four" combined for 100 points -- and the Warriors needed every one of them against a Mavericks team that had won four straight.

Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson had 25 points each, and Draymond Green added 18 to go with 10 rebounds.

Wesley Matthews led the Mavericks with 22 points, including seven 3-pointers, and Dwight Powell tied his career high with 21.

Dallas, playing from behind most of the game, wouldn't go away and erased a 12-point deficit with 4:32 to play, tying the score at 120 on Harrison Barnes' jumper with 39.9 seconds left.

Thompson and Barnes traded inside baskets before the Warriors got the ball back with 12 seconds to go. Curry took the inbounds pass and never gave it up, crossing over his dribble to shake a defender and hitting nothing but net.

A long heave by Dennis Smith Jr. at the buzzer was way off.

The Mavericks, who despite their 13-26 record have won or played close against most of the NBA's best teams, had lost their previous two meetings with the Warriors by a combined 45 points.

This time, Dallas fought back from deficits of 12 in the first half and nine in the third quarter, taking a lead at 84-83 on Devin Harris' 3-pointer with 3:40 to play in the period.

Patrick McCaw's layup just before the buzzer gave Golden State a 91-89 edge entering the fourth, and Green opened the final quarter with a three-point play as the Warriors rebuilt their lead to double digits before the final Mavs rally.

Golden State extended its road winning streak to eight games. The Warriors haven't lost away from Oracle Arena since before Thanksgiving.

TIP-INS

Warriors: Played without Andre Iguodala (back and hip strain) and Omri Casspi (back strain). Casspi's injury occurred during shootaround on Wednesday morning. Golden State coach Steve Kerr said Iguodala would likely play Thursday at Houston. ... Thompson's second-quarter 3 marked the 92nd straight game in which he's made at least one, the third-longest streak in NBA history. ... Golden State has won nine in a row and 16 of 17 in the series.

Mavericks: Reserve center Nerlens Noel had his cast removed Tuesday following left thumb surgery on Dec. 8. Noel hasn't played since Nov. 22 and has scored just 72 points in 18 games for the team.

UP NEXT

Warriors: At Houston on Thursday in a matchup between the West's top teams. The Rockets beat the Warriors 122-121 on opening night in Oakland.

Mavericks: Host Chicago on Friday. The Mavericks have won four straight against the Bulls.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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<![CDATA[Barnes Leads Mavericks Past Thunder for 4th Straight Win]]>Mon, 01 Jan 2018 03:35:54 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/167*120/AP_18001046620715.jpg

Mavericks rookie Dennis Smith Jr. made the plays down the stretch in a point guard matchup otherwise dominated by Thunder star Russell Westbrook.

Smith scored 11 of his 19 points in the final 1:39 and Dallas closed 2017 with its season-best fourth straight win, beating Oklahoma City 116-113 on Sunday night.

Harrison Barnes led the Mavericks with 24 points and Dirk Nowitzki added 13 for Dallas, which had lost four straight in Oklahoma City and seven of nine overall against the Thunder.

"He was great tonight," Dallas coach Rick Carlisle said of Smith. "He finished the game with a couple of big baskets, some big free throws. Look, it was an up-and-down night, there was a lot going on. ... He went through some situations that were very difficult but he kept his energy up, he kept his head up, he kept attacking and he kept encouraging everybody in the huddles during timeouts, too."

Dallas won despite Westbrook recording his 12th triple-double of the season with 38 points, 15 rebounds and 11 assists. The Thunder had been 11-3 in December before consecutive home losses to Milwaukee and Dallas to end the month.

Paul George scored 25 points and Carmelo Anthony had 21 for Oklahoma City, combining to go 8 of 14 from 3-point range. Despite their hot shooting, Westbrook took the big shots late for OKC and missed a trio of 3-pointers in the final 30 seconds. He was 0 for 4 from deep for the game and was mostly curt with reporters afterward.

"We just didn't get the stops we needed to," he said.

Consecutive 3-pointers by Smith -- the second one banked in -- put the Mavericks up 111-108 with 1:17 left. Smith hit a driving layup with 30.4 seconds left to give Dallas a 113-110 lead, then rebounded a 3-point miss by Westbrook at the other end and made two free throws with 15.8 seconds left.

"I just saw an open shot and I took it, so I was like with the next one, I'm going to take it as well and they started to fall," Smith said. "It might have been around the five-minute mark or somewhere around there that I realized it was time for me to get it going."

George made three free throws with 12.7 seconds left to pull the Thunder within 115-113, and then Smith made 1 of 2 free throws with 11.8 seconds left. Westbrook missed two more 3-point attempts in the final seconds.

TIP-INS:

Mavericks: Josh McRoberts was in uniform for the first time this season but didn't play. The veteran forward-center hasn't appeared in a NBA game since Dec. 23, 2016 for Miami, after which he dealt with a stress fracture in his left foot. ... Carlisle moved into a tie with John MacLeod for 17th on the NBA coaching wins list with his 707th career victory. ... Yogi Ferrell was called for a technical foul by official Marc Davis between the third and fourth quarters.

Thunder: Starting guard and defensive ace Andre Roberson sat out with patellar tendonitis. Josh Huestis made his first career start in Roberson's place. ... George, who sat our Friday's game with left knee soreness, said his knee felt fine after Sunday's game . Oklahoma City is 8-2 in New Year's Eve games. The Thunder have hosted a Dec. 31 game in all 10 seasons the franchise has been in Oklahoma City. ... Westbrook has 91 career triple-doubles, fourth-best in NBA history.

PATTERSON FINED

The NBA fined Thunder forward Patrick Patterson $10,000 on Sunday for public criticism of officiating on his Twitter account. The fine was announced by Kiki VanDeWeghe, the NBA's executive vice president for basketball operations.

UP NEXT

Mavericks: Begin a four-game homestand Wednesday night against Golden State.

Thunder: Face back-to-back games in Los Angeles, against the Lakers on Wednesday night and the Clippers on Thursday night.



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<![CDATA[Dennis Smith Jr. Has Triple-Double, Mavs Beat Pelicans]]>Fri, 29 Dec 2017 22:55:02 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-899635066.jpg

Dennis Smith Jr. had his first career triple-double and the Dallas Mavericks made a franchise-record 22 3-pointers in a 128-120 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans on Friday night.

Smith had 21 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists. He was 5 of 7 from 3-point range and 8 of 12 overall. Wesley Matthews made 4 of 7 3-pointers and scored 18 points, and Devin Harris hit 5 of 7 3-pointers and added 17 points to help Dallas win three consecutive game for the first time this season. Dwight Powell scored 15 points, J.J. Barea had 14 and Harrison Barnes and Dirk Nowitzki 13 each.

Anthony Davis led the Pelicans with 33 points. DeMarcus Cousins had 32 points and 20 rebounds, Jrue Holiday added 23 points, and E'Twaun Moore had 16.

The Mavericks made 13 of 18 3-pointers as they built a 17-point halftime lead.

Holiday led a New Orleans push late in the third quarter, scoring seven of the Pelicans' last 11 points in the period. That cut the Mavericks lead to 109-101 after three quarters even though Dallas already had tied the franchise record for 3-pointers in a game (19).

Holiday made two free throws to cut the deficit to six at the outset of the fourth quarter, but Yogi Ferrell made the record-breaking 20th 3-pointer to give the Mavericks a 118-107 lead midway through the fourth.

Davis scored six consecutive points as New Orleans got within 118-115 with 3:38 left.

Nowitzki and Davis each made two free throws before Barea made consecutive 3-pointers to give Dallas a 126-117 lead with 1:57 left.

TIP-INS

Mavericks: Dallas had its highest-scoring first half of the season. ... The Mavericks' bench outscored the Pelicans' backups 60-10. ...

Pelicans: The Pelicans' longest winning streak of the season ended at three for the third time. ... New Orleans had won four of the last five meetings in the Smoothie King Center. ... G Rajon Rondo came off a game in which he had a career-high 25 assists against Brooklyn and finished with eight assists.

UP NEXT

Mavericks: At Oklahoma City on Sunday night.

Pelicans: Host New York on Saturday night.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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<![CDATA[Nowitzki, Mavericks Beat Pacers to End Eight-Game Road Skid]]>Wed, 27 Dec 2017 22:55:28 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/214*120/GettyImages-899148592.jpg

Dirk Nowitzki scored 15 points, Harrison Barnes made the tiebreaking free throw with 37.7 seconds left and the Dallas Mavericks snapped an eight-game road losing streak with a 98-94 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday night.

Nowitzki, the franchise's career leading scorer in his 20th season, scored six points in the final quarter to help the Mavericks rally for their third win in 17 road games.

Barnes and Yogi Ferrell each scored 13 points. Ferrell, an Indianapolis native, hit a key 3-pointer to take a four-point lead with 2:09 remaining.

Lance Stephenson, Myles Turner and Darren Collison had 16 points apiece for the Pacers, who played without injured leading scorer Victor Oladipo for the first time and struggled down the stretch. Stephenson's layup tied it at 94, but he committed a costly turnover on the Pacers' next possession with 28 seconds remaining that the Mavericks converted into an uncontested layup.

The Mavericks rallied from an early seven-point deficit as reserve center Dwight Powell scored 11 first-half points. The visitors led for much of the third quarter before the Pacers surged behind Bojan Bogdanovic and Turner to take a 74-71 lead entering the final quarter.

TIP-INS

Mavericks: Nowitzki is expected to make his 14,000th start Friday. He's sixth on the all-time wins list at 885 and is 14 free throws behind Hall of Famer Jerry West for sixth on that list. . Nine of the Mavs' 10 wins have come when they've limited an opponent to fewer than 100 points. Half of those wins have been by margins of 15 points or more. Dallas had just six such wins last season.

Pacers: The NBA leaders in 3-point percentage (.387) were 10-0 at home when hitting at least 10 3-pointers and 15-3 overall, but made 10 of 25 and lost. . Reserve forward Domantas Sabonis was questionable with a sore left big toe, but played in his normal rotation. . Reserve guard Joe Young sank two 3-pointers in the first half. He had made just two in 18 previous games this season.

NO OLADIPO

Oladipo missed his first game of the season to rest a sore right knee. The league's eighth-leading scorer (24.9 ppg) scored a season-low 13 points in Tuesday's 107-83 loss at Detroit. Oladipo had started each of the Pacers' 33 games.

MOVING ON UP

Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle, who coached the Pacers for three seasons through 2006-07, needs two wins to tie John MacLeod for 17th place on the league's career list. He has a record of 705-545, which includes 181-147 while with the Pacers. He won his 700th career game on Dec. 2.

NEXT UP

Mavericks: Visit New Orleans on Friday.

Pacers: Visit Chicago on Friday.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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<![CDATA[Barea, Mavs End Another Raptors 6-Game Streak With Win]]>Tue, 26 Dec 2017 22:11:35 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-4643404981.jpg

J.J. Barea scored 20 points, including a clinching layup in the final seconds, and the Dallas Mavericks ended another six-game winning streak by Toronto with a 98-93 victory over the Raptors on Tuesday night.

The Mavericks held DeMar DeRozan and the Raptors to season lows in shooting percentage as Toronto lost for just the second time in 14 games, with each loss coming after six straight wins.

Dirk Nowitzki scored 18 points and fellow German Maxi Kleber had 15 points and matched his rookie season best with five blocks. Harrison Barnes had 16 points and 10 rebounds.

Kyle Lowry led Toronto with 23 points but didn't score in the fourth quarter, while DeRozan couldn't get going at all after averaging 37 points on a three-game road winning streak that ended.

DeRozan scored eight points while shooting 19 percent (3 of 16). His previous low was 20 percent (1 of 5) in his only other single-digit game this season -- two points in a 112-78 win at Atlanta in November.

The teams combined to make just five of 31 shots in the final 8 minutes -- including two misses by Serge Ibaka with the Raptors trailing by three before Barea hit a layup with 10 seconds left after dribbling out most of the shot clock.

The Raptors (23-9) came into the game with the best winning percentage in the Eastern Conference but shot under 40 percent for the first time this season.

Jonas Valanciunas had 17 points and 11 rebounds for Toronto, and Ibaka added 12 points and 12 boards.

Barea scored the first six points and hit a capping 3-pointer on a 17-0 run that put the Mavericks in front 83-73 late in the third quarter.

TIP-INS

Raptors: G/F C.J. Miles, a former Dallas high school player, hit a 3 in 10 minutes after missing three games because of a dental procedure. ... Coach Dwane Casey said C Lucas Nogueira was available after missing 11 games with a right calf injury, but he didn't play.

Mavericks: Barea got a second-quarter technical between free throws by Lowry for complaining that the call was a shooting foul. The technical came when Barea shouted an expletive as he left the floor to be replaced by Devin Harris. ... Kleber also tied his season in rebounds with eight.

THE OTHER GERMAN

Kleber, also from Nowitzki's hometown of Wurzburg, Germany, matched Barnes for the team high with 13 points in the first half. It was capped by an alley-oop dunk when Yogi Ferrell grabbed a defensive rebound with 6 seconds left, raced the length of the court and tossed it to Kleber for the slam with a couple of seconds to spare.

GERMAN BLOCKADE

Kleber (four blocks) and Nowitzki (three) combined for seven blocks in the first half. It was already a season high for Nowitzki, and Kleber matched his season best early in the third quarter. The Mavericks had a season-high 11 blocks.

UP NEXT

Raptors: Second night of back-to-back at Oklahoma City on Wednesday.

Mavericks: Also on back-to-back at Indiana on Wednesday.



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<![CDATA[Schroder Scores 33, Hits Big 3 as Hawks Beat Mavericks]]>Sat, 23 Dec 2017 23:43:35 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/161*120/GettyImages-897860446.jpg

Dennis Schroder matched his career high with 33 points, including 27 in the second half, to help the Atlanta Hawks beat the Dallas Mavericks 112-107 on Saturday night in a matchup of last-place teams.

After missing Friday night's loss at Oklahoma City with a sprained ankle, Schroder hit a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 1:21 left to put Atlanta ahead 110-107.

Ersan Ilyasova added 19 points and seven rebounds for the Hawks (8-25), who got 13 points off the bench from rookie John Collins and won for just the second time in eight games.

Harrison Barnes led the Mavericks (9-25) with 22 points. Dirk Nowitzki scored 18, and J.J. Barea had 15 points and 12 assists off the bench as Dallas lost for the eighth time in 10 games.

The Mavericks led 53-48 at halftime before Schroder warmed up in the third quarter with 12 points to help Atlanta take a 10-point lead.

Dallas countered several times and tied the game on a 3-pointer by Barea with 2:28 remaining. The Mavericks scored just two points the rest of the way.

Atlanta, which opened the season with a 117-111 victory in Dallas, completed a two-game sweep of the season series.

TIP-INS

Mavericks: Wesley Matthews, who leads the team in 3-pointers with 79, didn't hit one until there was 7:28 left in the third quarter. Dallas was just 9 for 33 from beyond the arc after making 17 of 35 in Friday's 113-101 loss at Miami. Matthews went 1 for 7. ... Dallas is 1-5 in the second game of back-to-backs.

Hawks: Collins went 6 for 9 and has shot at least 50 percent from the field in 14 consecutive games, stretching his franchise rookie record beyond Stacey Augmon's 11 straight games in 1991-92. The first-round draft pick from Wake Forest scored 10 points in the first half. ... One night after scoring a season-high 27 points in his first start of the season, Marco Belinelli was scoreless in the first half off the bench and finished with two points. ... Malcolm Delaney also set a season high Friday with 20 points. He had seven on Saturday. ... Atlanta is 1-7 in the second game of back-to-backs.

UP NEXT

Mavericks: Host the Toronto Raptors on Tuesday night.

Hawks: Host the Washington Wizards on Wednesday night.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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<![CDATA[Ellington Ties Career-Best With 28, Heat Top Mavs]]>Fri, 22 Dec 2017 22:35:46 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-501164856.jpg

Wayne Ellington tied a career high with 28 points, Josh Richardson scored 24 and the injury-ravaged Miami Heat never trailed on the way to beating the Dallas Mavericks 113-101 on Friday night.

Tyler Johnson scored 19 and Bam Adebayo scored 14 for Miami, which shot 64 percent -- second-best in franchise history. The Heat started both halves with 12-0 runs and went 16 for 25 from 3-point range.

Ellington made 3s on back-to-back possessions early in the fourth, pushing what was a two-point Heat lead out to 90-82. He connected on his seventh 3 with about four minutes left for a 99-88 lead, and Miami stayed in control the rest of the way.

Richardson made 11 of 14 shots for Miami, which has won four of its last five.

Yogi Ferrell scored a season-high 23 for the Mavericks. Dirk Nowitzki and Harrison Barnes each had 20 for Dallas, which got outrebounded 35-22. The 22 rebounds were the fewest by an NBA team this season.

Miami guard Dion Waiters left in the first quarter after turning his long-problematic left ankle on a drive, meaning the Heat now have seven players dealing with injuries. Hassan Whiteside, Goran Dragic, James Johnson and Justise Winslow all remained out with various injuries, Rodney McGruder and Okaro White are likely not returning anytime soon, and now Waiters is ailing again.

Waiters missed the final 13 games of last season with a left ankle sprain, and it's nagged him at times ever since.

Nowitzki made back-to-back 3s late in the third, pulling Dallas within 77-73. The Mavs had two possessions with a chance to take the lead in the fourth, misfiring on both, and Miami scored 31 points in the final 8 1/2 minutes.

TIP-INS

Mavericks: Devin Harris played only eight minutes before leaving with an illness. ... Dallas was denied a two-game winning streak, which would have matched a season best. The Mavs are 2-7 in the game immediately following a win.

Heat: Adebayo, who was 1 when Nowitzki made his NBA debut, spent some time guarding the longtime Dallas star. Adebayo was plus-28 in 37 minutes. ... Kelly Olynyk scored 11 for Miami.

ALL TIED UP

Including two NBA Finals matchups, the Heat and Mavericks have now played 74 times -- with each team winning 37 of them.

UD-DIRK MEMORIES

Nowitzki and Heat forward Udonis Haslem have been going head-to-head for more than a decade -- since the 2006 NBA Finals, at least, and the respect the veterans have for one another is clear. They shared some pleasantries before tip-off Friday, and then found themselves guarding one another briefly during the game.

MCROBERTS REPORT

Josh McRoberts, whose Miami tenure was marked primarily by injuries, still hasn't played for Dallas because of foot problems. Saturday is the one-year anniversary of his last NBA appearance, though he did play 5-on-5 earlier this week against some Mavericks interns. "He's been a great guy to have around our club," said Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle, who thinks McRoberts may be ready to play in a few weeks.

UP NEXT

Mavericks: Visit Atlanta on Saturday.

Heat: Host New Orleans on Saturday.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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<![CDATA[Romo, Miles Austin Catch-Up Courtside at Mavs Game]]>Thu, 21 Dec 2017 14:00:45 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/romo-austin-1513830325-NS_20MAVSpistons21.jpg

Former Dallas Cowboys players Miles Austin and Tony Romo were spotted courtside during the Mavs-Pistons game Wednesday night.

While playing for the Cowboys from 2006 until 2013, Austin was a favorite target for Romo. After leaving Dallas, Austin played for one season in Cleveland and another with the Eagles before retiring after the 2015 season.

Romo, of course retired earlier this year and is wrapping up his first year as a broadcaster for CBS Sports. He was recently honored by SI as the Media Person of the Year.

The former quarterback is a big basketball fan and was honored by the Mavs during their final regular season game earlier this year where Romo got to have some fun during the shootaround.

Wednesday night, the Dallas Mavericks soundly defeated the Detroit Pistons 110-93 behind Harrison Barnes' 25 points and rookie Dennis Smith Jr's 15 points.

See more photos of the game from our partners at The Dallas Morning News.



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<![CDATA['Uncle Dirk' is the Best Story You'll Read Today]]>Thu, 21 Dec 2017 14:03:26 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dirk-childrens-visit-02.jpg

A few days ago Dirk Nowitzki quietly continued his decade-plus tradition of visiting sick kids hospitalized at Children's Medical Center Dallas.

Last December, Uncle Dirk, as he's come to be known at Children's, graciously allowed me to shadow him during his visit. The idea was to shine a light on the brave kids, their families, the miracle workers at Children's by sharing a story that never had been told.

Uncle Dirk.

I knew my tagging along was a one-time thing, though. Because if we know one thing about Dirk Nowitzki beyond his greatness as a basketball player, it's that he prefers his numerous off-the-court deeds to remain private.

Read more about this year's visit and Dirk's history of visiting the children's hospital from our partners at The Dallas Morning News.



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<![CDATA[Barnes Scores 25, Mavs Top Pistons in Smith's Return]]>Wed, 20 Dec 2017 23:22:59 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-882886848.jpg

Harrison Barnes scored 25 points, rookie Dennis Smith Jr. had 15 points and five assists in his return from a hip injury and the Dallas Mavericks beat the Detroit Pistons 110-93 Wednesday night.

The Mavericks, last in the Western Conference, won for just the second time in eight games while ending a three-game Detroit winning streak that followed seven straight losses by the Pistons.

Anthony Tolliver led Detroit with a season-high 18 points, going 4 of 6 from 3-point range. Stanley Johnson also had a season high with 16 points, and Andre Drummond had 11 points and 13 rebounds while battling foul trouble.

The Mavericks shot 79 percent (15 of 19) in the second quarter for their highest-scoring quarter (43) and half (65) of the season, taking a 12-point lead after trailing by nine in the first quarter.

The problem was offense for Detroit in the third, with the Pistons going seven minutes without a field goal and shooting 22 percent (4 of 18) after holding Dallas scoreless the first 3 1/2 minutes of the quarter.

Smith capped a 17-4 finishing run in the first half with a 3-pointer and a three-point play when he faked Reggie Jackson with a spin, hit a jumper and was fouled as Jackson scrambled back to him.

The 20-year-old Smith, drafted ninth overall, missed six games, and the Mavs lost five of them. He was 5 of 10 from the field with five rebounds while Jackson, a six-year veteran, had six points on 3-of-9 shooting. Jackson had five assists.

Barnes was 8 of 15 from the field, 3 of 5 from long range and made all six of his free throws while leading Dallas with seven rebounds.

Dirk Nowitzki scored 12 points, including a 3-pointer for Dallas' biggest lead to that point, a 23-point edge (92-69) early in the fourth quarter. J.J. Barea had one of his game-high seven assists on the bucket.

Tobias Harris, Detroit's leading scorer, scored 10 points on 4-of-16 shooting, missing all four shots from 3.

TIP-INS

Pistons: Drummond had nine rebounds in 17 minutes at halftime, leaving with 3 1/2 minutes left with his third foul. He picked up his fourth and went back to the bench with seven minutes left the third. ... Ish Smith scored 15 points, two shy of his season high.

Mavericks: G Kyle Collinsworth scored his first NBA points on a 3 in his debut a day after signing a two-way contract. ... C Salah Mejri was called for goaltending twice in the first half. The first was obvious since the ball had already hit the rim. The second was debatable. Mejri had four blocks.

UP NEXT

Pistons: Home against the Knicks on Friday night.

Mavericks: At Miami on Friday night to start a stretch of five of six on the road.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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<![CDATA[Potty-Mouthed Ex-Maverick Says Toilet Stolen From Home]]>Wed, 20 Dec 2017 12:12:54 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-468969654.jpg

Former Dallas Mavericks player Charie Villanueva says someone broke into his house and stole several items, including a toilet.

The potty-mouthed former Mav unleashed a series of tweets about the break in Tuesday night. One of them included a picture of his bathroom, sans toilet with some coarse language.

"Damn my home in Dallas was just burglarized, called the cops and still waiting on @DallasPD to make a report. FYI it's been 2hrs since I called," Villanueva wrote.

Hours later, Villanueva said he still hadn't heard from police. But word quickly spread on social media — the picture had more than 2,000 retweets by Wednesday morning.

"I'm still in shock of all the things they stole," he wrote. "But the one that stand out the most is a toilet...wow."

Another Twitter user created the handle "Stolen Toilet" and responded to one of his tweets by asking: "Charlie are u looking for me?"

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth


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<![CDATA[Len, Suns Complete Comeback Win Against Mavericks]]>Mon, 18 Dec 2017 23:41:29 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-866809444.jpg

Alex Len had 14 points and 14 rebounds to help the Phoenix Suns rally past the Dallas Mavericks 97-91 on Monday night for their second consecutive comeback victory.

TJ Warren scored 19 points and Isaiah Canaan added 17 as Phoenix (11-21) improved to 2-0 on a three-game road trip despite playing without injured guard Devin Booker.

Dallas (8-23) lost its third straight game and has one win in its last seven.

Harrison Barnes had 26 points and Devin Harris added 14 for Dallas. Yogi Ferrell and Wesley Matthews each scored 13.

Phoenix came from behind and won the game in the fourth quarter.

After the Suns had trailed for the entire second half, Canaan tied it 79-all on a 3-pointer with 7:29 remaining. Len gave Phoenix its first lead since the second quarter on a pair of free throws.

Phoenix led by as many as eight in the fourth quarter, 89-81, but didn't seal the victory until Warren made one of two free throws with 11.4 seconds remaining and knocked down two more with 5.6 seconds left,

The Suns erased a 15-point deficit Saturday in a 108-106 win against Minnesota.

It was the second consecutive game in which Dallas let a fourth-quarter lead slip away. San Antonio went on a 13-0 run Saturday over the final 4:11, including a game-winning basket by Manu Ginobili for a 98-96 victory.

TIP-INS

Suns: Booker missed his sixth game with a left adductor strain. ... Tyson Chandler was the starting center on the Mavericks' 2011 NBA championship team.

Mavericks: Rookie point guard Dennis Smith Jr. missed his sixth straight game with a left hip strain. ... Dirk Nowitzki made his 1,828th career 3-pointer, passing Kobe Bryant for 13th in NBA history. Chauncey Billups ranks 12th with 1,830.

UP NEXT

Suns: Visit the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday.

Mavericks: Host the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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<![CDATA[Spurs Close on 13-0 Run to Rally Past Mavericks, 98-96]]>Sat, 16 Dec 2017 23:13:54 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/154565903-basketball-generic.jpg

LaMarcus Aldridge had 22 points and 14 rebounds and the San Antonio Spurs scored the final 13 points of the game, rallying for a 98-96 victory over the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday night.

Maxi Kleber had 21 points and Dirk Nowitzki added 19 for Dallas in the final regular season matchup between the Southwest Division rivals.

Kleber's 3-pointer gave Dallas a 96-85 lead with 4:11 remaining, but the Spurs held them scoreless the remainder of the game.

Aldridge's fall-away, 11-foot jumper tied the game at 96 with 23.4 seconds remaining and Manu Ginobili's driving layup with 3.1 seconds was the game-winning shot.

Aldridge had his 12th double-double of the season to help offset the absences of starters Kawhi Leonard, Tony Parker and Danny Green.

Coming off a 15-point blowout in Houston on Friday night, San Antonio was able to avoid its third straight loss.

The Spurs missed their first five shots, all short jumpers from Aldridge and Pau Gasol, on their way to shooting 30 percent in the opening quarter.

The Mavericks took advantage, charging to a 31-18 lead.

San Antonio's reserves reversed the team's fortunes in the third quarter.

Davis Bertans finished with 13 points and Ginobili added 12 off the bench.

The Spurs closed within 72-68 after trailing by as many as 16 points to help set up the late-game heroics.

Dallas was without five players, including rookie point guard Dennis Smith Jr.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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<![CDATA[Durant Leads Warriors Past Mavericks for Eighth Straight Win]]>Fri, 15 Dec 2017 06:00:43 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/durant-postgame-warriors.jpg

After his brilliant game, Omri Casspi returned to the court to sing a Hanukkah prayer along with hundreds of fans and then took his turn lighting the large menorah on night three of the festival of lights -- and on Jewish Heritage Night at Oracle Arena.

A veteran forward from Israel, Casspi earned another start for the injury-plagued defending champions and posted his 17th career double-double with season bests of 17 points and 11 rebounds, helping send the Golden State Warriors past the Dallas Mavericks 112-97 on Thursday for their eighth straight win.

"My family's in town always for Hanukkah, so it's always fun to have family around," he said, adding of his role, "Same mindset, just play hard. I want to stay sharp, stay ready whenever I'm called upon."

Kevin Durant led the way for the Warriors with 36 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists. Klay Thompson scored 25 points, making all five of his 3-pointers and shooting 10 for 18 overall as the Warriors pulled away in the third quarter.

The Warriors are still down three starters in Stephen Curry, Draymond Green and Zaza Pachulia, while Nick Young joined the sidelined group with a concussion sustained in Monday night's win over Portland.

Dirk Nowitzki had 18 points and nine rebounds, and Harrison Barnes added 16 points and seven boards against his former team.

"They're a talented team and we let a few miscommunications let them get a run going, and we just couldn't really stop them," Barnes said.

Golden State rookie Jordan Bell provided an all-around solid performance in his fourth career start with eight points, a season-best eight assists, six rebounds and two steals.

Durant also blocked two shots in his fourth 30-point game of the season and third in the last four. Golden State won its 10th in a row against the Mavericks at Oracle Arena and eighth consecutive in the series overall.

TIP-INS

Mavericks: After allowing 40 first-quarter points to the Warriors in the first meeting Oct. 23, the Mavericks led 28-24 after the opening period and were tied 48-all at the break. ... Dallas converted the first 14 of Golden State's 16 turnovers into 18 points.

Warriors: Casspi scored in double figures for the seventh time this season. ... Andre Iguodala dished out a season-best 10 assists, the first time he's reached double digits since Dec. 29, 2013. ... Curry is expected to have his sprained right ankle re-evaluated next week, while Green and Pachulia are dealing with sore shoulders. ... AL Rookie of the Year Aaron Judge of the New York Yankees, from California's Central Valley, was in attendance and is thrilled to get going alongside new slugging teammate Giancarlo Stanton .

ONE MORE FOR NOWITZKI?

Rick Carlisle is crossing his fingers he will be coaching Nowitzki another season in Dallas.

Nowitzki seems set on it, too.

"I'm not going to say 100 percent I'll be back, but it's looking like it," he told the Dallas Morning News after Thursday's morning shootaround.

Carlisle has heard hints that's how his big man is leaning.

"This is kind of what he has been saying all along," Carlisle said. "We're about a third of the way through, and he is feeling good, which is great. I'm hoping like crazy that he plays another year because having him here is one of the really special experiences in coaching. As far as the message it sends to the other guys, it's pretty clear that if you want to be as good as you possibly can be in this league, do what this guy does on a day-to-day basis -- everything from diet and nutrition to taking care of your body to doing everything possible to keep your skill level where it needs to be. He's impeccable, the best I've ever seen."

OUCH!

Sitting courtside, Peggy Mizono took a third-quarter bad pass by the Mavericks to the left eye and face area. She appreciated Durant and Bell checking on her, and KD even kissed Mizono's cheek. Warriors owner Joe Lacob and athletic trainer Chelsea Lane each delivered ice bags.

"That hurts, I don't care who you are," Thompson said. "It doesn't feel good when a basketball comes at your head."

"That's awesome," coach Steve Kerr said of his players' care.

Durant also kissed a woman in Oklahoma City in November 2012 when his own errant pass hit her in the forehead.

UP NEXT

Mavericks: At San Antonio on Saturday.

Warriors: At Lakers on Monday in their only road game the rest of the year.

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<![CDATA[Dirk Says He May Return Next Season]]>Thu, 14 Dec 2017 18:22:54 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-887255278.jpg

Losing is no fun for Dirk Nowitzki. But waking up and going to the gym still is.  Razzing teammates in the locker room? Still is. Heck, even watching film? Still is.

While the losses have mounted in a season that has been hard to watch at times, but promising at other moments, Nowitzki opened up on Thursday and said that the 8-20 record going into Thursday’s game at Golden State has not dampened his enthusiasm.

Not for this season. Or next season.

“I’m not going to say 100 percent I’ll be back -- but it’s looking like it,” Nowitzki said after the Mavericks had a morning walk-through at the Olympic Club in downtown San Francisco.

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<![CDATA[Barea, Mavs Spoil Leonard's Return With Win Over Spurs]]>Tue, 12 Dec 2017 23:08:49 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-891258124.jpg

J.J. Barea scored 14 of his 16 points in the second half and the Dallas Mavericks spoiled the season debut of San Antonio star Kawhi Leonard, beating the Spurs 95-89 on Tuesday night.

Leonard missed the first 27 games because of right quadriceps tendinopathy, a condition that causes pain and weakness in the knee. He wasn't around in the fourth quarter when Barea finished a rally that he started by scoring eight points in the final 1:49 of the third.

Harrison Barnes scored 17 points while Yogi Ferrell and Wesley Mathews had 16 apiece as the Mavericks ended a five-game losing streak at home to the Spurs, who had a four-game winning streak stopped for the third time this season.

Barea led the Mavericks with six assists, teaming up with alley-oop dunk partner Dwight Powell a couple of times as Powell finished with 12 points and 12 rebounds.

LaMarcus Aldridge had 23 points and 13 rebounds and Rudy Gay scored 21 for the Spurs, who shot 29 percent while getting outscored 28-20 in the fourth quarter.

Leonard, who had 13 points, went to the locker room late in the third quarter, with no immediate word on whether he had hit the unspecified minutes restriction coach Gregg Popovich said would be in place. He played 16 minutes, roughly the first 5 minutes in each of the first three quarters.

The Spurs called a timeout before subbing him out the final time, after he had tipped a loose ball a couple of times to keep an offensive rebound alive and hit a short jumper. He had six rebounds, an assist and a block.

Leonard made his first three shots and scored six of San Antonio's first eight points.

San Antonio has had a similar minutes restriction on guard Tony Parker, who played more than 20 minutes for the first time in seven games since returning from surgery for a ruptured quadriceps tendon.

The 35-year-old Parker had six points on 3-of-9 shooting as the Spurs lost for the first time with him in the lineup. Parker has skipped two games since returning.

TIP-INS

Spurs: Bryn Forbes banked in a 3-pointer over Dirk Nowitzki at the first-half buzzer to get the Spurs within 46-44. ... Aldridge, Gay and Leonard were the only Spurs in double figures. Patty Mills was next with eight. ... C Pau Gasol went scoreless on just two shots with nine rebounds.

Mavericks: Rookie PG Dennis Smith Jr. missed his third straight game with a left hip strain and won't play on the upcoming two-game road trip. ... Nowitzki was 1 of 8 from the field and finished with six points.

UP NEXT

Spurs: At Houston on Friday before the final matchup with Dallas this season on Saturday.

Mavericks: At Golden State on Thursday.

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<![CDATA[Timberwolves Hold Off Mavericks]]>Mon, 11 Dec 2017 05:42:28 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-887255278.jpg

After alternating wins and losses over the previous 10 games, the Minnesota Timberwolves were simply satisfied to pull out a victory against the Mavericks that stopped the back-and-forth swing.

Dallas lamented missed opportunities and a chance to continue its improved play of late.

Karl-Anthony Towns had 28 points, Jimmy Butler scored 10 of his 22 in the fourth quarter and Minnesota held on for a 97-92 win Sunday night.

"Just win, win the game," Timberwolves coach Tom Thibodeau said. "Dallas has played well. If you watch their games, you would know how tough they've been playing. So I knew it was going to be a hard-fought game."

Towns added 12 rebounds, including four on the offensive end, for his NBA-leading 21st double-double of the season. Minnesota committed 18 turnovers but hit four free throws at the end to pull away in a game in which no team led by more than six points.

Jamal Crawford had 16 points off the bench for the Timberwolves (16-11), who won back-to-back games for the first time since Nov. 15-17.

"They're not always going to be pretty wins," Crawford said. "When you go through tough stretches and still find a way to win, I think that says a lot about your group."

Harrison Barnes scored 19 and Maxi Kleber tied a career high with 16 points for Dallas, which has lost three in a row. The Mavericks, who had won four of six before the skid, shot 41 percent in the second half despite going 8 of 19 on 3-pointers.

"We can't complain with the shots," Barnes said. "We had layups, we had open 3s, open 2s. Our shots didn't fall. From an execution standpoint we did everything we're supposed to do."

J.J. Barea sparked Dallas with 14 of his 16 in the second half, including a driving bank shot with two minutes left to give the Mavericks their final lead at 90-89. Butler followed with a turnaround jumper to put Minnesota back in front.

Barea added a pair of free throws with 24.9 seconds left to pull Dallas to 93-92. But Crawford and Taj Gibson each hit a pair of free throws to secure the victory for Minnesota, its third in the past four games.

"The best part is we found a way to win, so we'll take the positives as they are," Towns said.

TIP-INS

Mavericks: Dirk Nowitzki played his 65th regular-season game against Minnesota, the most for any player. Nowitzki scored 10 points in 25:22. It was the 1,421st game of his career, leaving him three behind Kevin Willis for sixth on the NBA's all-time list. ... Six players scored in double figures for Dallas. ... Antonius Cleveland was the first player off the bench for the Mavericks and played a career-high 17:51. He helped hold Andrew Wiggins to 1-of-9 shooting early.

Timberwolves: Reserve F Nemanja Bjelica missed his ninth straight game with a left mid-foot sprain. ... Minnesota opened a five-game homestand. The Wolves are 13-5 at home this season, including 7-0 against Western Conference teams. ... Wiggins came through with two big buckets late in the fourth quarter after his slow start. He finished with 10 points. He's been held to single digits just one time this season.

NO TIMETABLE FOR SMITH

Dennis Smith Jr. missed his second straight game with a left hip strain, and Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle didn't have a timeframe on when his rookie point guard might be able to return. Smith is going back to Dallas to see a doctor.

"He's getting a little better each day, but I'm not going to give you any timetables right now," Carlisle said. "Him being 100 percent healthy is the No. 1 priority. That's what's got to be our focus."

Smith, the No. 9 pick in the draft, is averaging 14.4 points and 4.0 assists per game.

SIGH OF RELIEF

Towns went down hard and was favoring his right leg before coming out with 3:04 remaining. He was checked by team trainers and returned later.

"It don't matter," Towns said. "I'll see you guys on Tuesday. The streak continues."

UP NEXT

Mavericks: Return home against San Antonio on Tuesday.

Timberwolves: Host the Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday.

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<![CDATA[Middleton's Clutch Shooting Lifts Bucks Over Mavs]]>Sat, 09 Dec 2017 12:05:12 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-887323410.jpg

All Khris Middleton needed to get going on offense was to create a little space.

Once Middleton's first couple shots started falling, he was tough to stop, especially in front of a friendly crowd in a tight game in the fourth quarter.

Middleton scored 12 of his 31 points in the final 4:38, Giannis Antetokounmpo had 27 points and 11 rebounds, and the Milwaukee Bucks rallied for a 109-102 win over the last-place Dallas Mavericks on Friday night.

"Just got into a rhythm really. I was able to create a little space, was able to catch and shoot 3s ... find a rhythm, find an open shot," Middleton said.

Middleton finished 10 of 18 from the field, including 5 of 6 in the fourth. The 6-foot-8 forward is a tough matchup because of his length and shooting ability, especially when paired with the athletic Antetokounmpo in the frontcourt.

Eric Bledsoe added 24 points for the Bucks, who erased an 11-point deficit late in the third quarter to pick up their fifth win in six games.

The Bucks then turned up the defensive pressure during a chippy final few minutes, highlighted by Middleton's four-point play sandwiched between two Dallas turnovers.

"A lot of his points down the stretch came off situations where we weren't executing well offensively and gave them some downhill momentum," Mavs coach Rick Carlisle said.

But the worst team in the Western Conference didn't wither on the road against an East contender. The Mavericks played the Bucks tough until the end, as they did in a loss to the Boston Celtics on Wednesday.

Wesley Matthews had a season-high 29 points to lead Dallas. He scored 15 in the first half on 6 of 7 shooting, including 3 of 4 from 3-point range, to give the Mavericks a 54-49 lead going into the locker room.

Shooting 6 of 13 (46 percent) from beyond the arc in the half, the Mavs tried to follow a formula similar to their 32-point win over Milwaukee on Nov. 18, when they shot 19 of 38 (50 percent) from 3-point range.

This time, the Bucks answered with clutch jumpers and improved defense.

They used a 12-0 late in the third quarter sparked by two 3s from Middleton and the playmaking ability of Malcolm Brogdon to take a 77-76 lead after looking lethargic for much of the game.

"In that first half we kind of fell into the trap of them walking the ball up and kind of were just going through the motions," coach Jason Kidd said.

BACK IN TOWN

Matthews returned to the Bradley Center, which is also the home court of his alma mater, Marquette. He finished 11 of 15 from the field. It wasn't a happy homecoming after the Bucks pulled away in the fourth quarter.

STAT LINES

The teams combined for 60 foul shots, with the Bucks going 29 of 34 at the line, while the Mavericks were 22 of 26. ... Harrison Barnes added 18 points and eight rebounds for Dallas.

OFF THE BENCH

Thon Maker (eight rebounds, two blocks) and DeAndre Liggins (five rebounds, two steals) provided valuable minutes off the bench, combining with sixth man Brogdon to give the Bucks a lift during the third-quarter push.

TIP-INS

Mavericks: Rookie G Dennis Smith Jr. missed the game with a strained left hip after getting hurt during Wednesday's loss to the Celtics. Dallas' first-round draft pick is also expected to miss Sunday's game at Minnesota. "We're just unlucky. He came in, slid in, landed into a cameraman and kind of took his leg out," Carlisle said. "We're hoping it's not serious."

Bucks: G Tony Snell missed the game with left knee tendinitis. G Matthew Dellavedova (left knee) appears to be getting closer to returning. He was questionable coming into Friday but was scratched before the game. The team said Snell and Dellavedova would be questionable for Saturday's game against Utah. ... G Gary Payton II replaced Snell in the starting lineup but played just 5 minutes, with Brogdon (14 points) starting the second half and playing 40 minutes overall.

UP NEXT

Mavericks: Travel to Minnesota on Sunday to wrap up a three-game trip.

Bucks: Try to split the season series with Utah when they host the Jazz on Saturday.


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<![CDATA[Middleton's Clutch Shooting Lifts Bucks Over Mavs]]>Fri, 08 Dec 2017 23:36:24 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-887272212.jpg

Giannis Antetokounmpo had 27 points and 11 rebounds, Khris Middleton scored 12 of his 31 points in the final 4:38, and the Milwaukee Bucks rallied for a 109-102 win over the last-place Dallas Mavericks on Friday night.

Eric Bledsoe added 24 points for the Bucks, who erased an 11-point deficit late in the third quarter to pick up their fifth win in six games.

The Bucks turned up the defensive pressure during a chippy final few minutes, highlighted by Middleton's four-point play sandwiched between two Dallas turnovers.

Middleton finished 10 of 18 from the field, including 5 of 6 in the fourth. The 6-foot-8 forward is a tough matchup because of his length and shooting ability, especially when paired with the athletic Antetokounmpo in the frontcourt.

But the worst team in the Western Conference didn't wither away on the road against an East contender. The Mavericks played the Bucks tough until the end, as they did in a loss to the Boston Celtics on Wednesday.

Wesley Matthews had a season-high 29 points to lead Dallas. He scored 15 in the first half on 6-of-7 shooting, including 3 of 4 from 3-point range, to give the Mavericks a 54-49 lead going into the locker room.

Shooting 6 of 13 (46 percent) from beyond the arc in the half, the Mavs tried to follow a formula similar to their 32-point win over Milwaukee on Nov. 18, when they shot 19 of 38 (50 percent) from 3-point range.

This time, the Bucks answered with clutch jumpers and improved defense.

They used a 12-0 late in the third quarter sparked by two 3s from Middleton and the playmaking ability of Malcolm Brogdon to take a 77-76 lead after looking lethargic for much of the game.

TIP-INS

Mavericks: Rookie G Dennis Smith Jr. missed the game with a strained left hip after getting hurt during Wednesday's loss to the Celtics. Dallas' first-round draft pick is also expected to miss Sunday's game at Minnesota. "We're just unlucky. He came in, slid in, landed into a cameraman and kind of took his leg out," coach Rick Carlisle said. "We're hoping it's not serious."

Bucks: G Tony Snell missed the game with left knee tendinitis. G Matthew Dellavedova (left knee) appears to be getting closer to returning. He was questionable coming into Friday but was scratched by coach Jason Kidd before the game. The team said Snell and Dellavedova would be questionable for Saturday's game against Utah. ... G Gary Payton II replaced Snell in the starting lineup but played just 5 minutes, with Brogdon (14 points) starting the second half and playing 40 minutes overall.

UP NEXT

Mavericks: Travel to Minnesota on Sunday to wrap up a three-game trip.

Bucks: Try to split the season series with Utah when they host the Jazz on Saturday.

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<![CDATA[Mavs Noel Out Indefinitely With Thumb Injury]]>Fri, 08 Dec 2017 16:14:00 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-866434542.jpg

Dallas Mavericks center Nerlens Noel has undergone surgery to repair a torn ligament in his left thumb, and there is no timetable for his return.

The 6-foot-11 Noel last played Nov. 22 at Memphis, but the injury wasn't revealed until before a loss at Boston on Wednesday.

He hasn't played more than 5 minutes in a game since early November.

Noel signed a one-year qualifying offer as a restricted free agent after failing to get a max contract offer from the Mavericks or any other team.

Dallas acquired him at the trading deadline last season.

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<![CDATA[Short-Handed Celtics Earn Win Over Mavericks]]>Wed, 06 Dec 2017 23:43:27 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-887272184.jpg

The Boston Celtics are no strangers to adjusting on the fly this season.

They recovered from Gordon Hayward's injury on opening night and the early absence of Marcus Morris to reel of 16 straight victories following an 0-2 start.

That ability to bounce back was on display again to help them remain perfect against the Western Conference.

Kyrie Irving had 23 points and five assists, and Jayson Tatum added 17 points and 10 rebounds and the short-handed Celtics slipped past the Dallas Mavericks 97-90 on Wednesday night.

Boston's Al Horford finished with 17 points, eight rebounds and eight assists.

"In the NBA you can have afternoons like today, where all of a sudden, you're down to 11 guys, and the next man up has got to be ready," Celtics coach Brad Stevens said.

Boston has won four straight and six of their last seven. The Celtics are 8-0 against the West.

The Celtics played without Jaylen Brown and Morris. Brown sat with an inflamed right eye, while Morris was out due to left knee soreness.

It forced Stevens to rely heavily on his reserves. They came through in the fourth, leading a 10-0 run to put Boston back in front 80-73.

Dallas fought back to tie it up at 85. But the Celtics ran off eight straight points to push their lead to 93-85 with 2 minutes to play.

"Just covering for one another. We're a team. We're pros for a reason," said Terry Rozier, who led all Celtics reserves with 12 points. "You put all that hard work in and you have to be ready."

Harrison Barnes led the Mavericks with 19 points and seven rebounds. Dirk Nowitzki added 16 points and six rebounds.

Boston's bench outscored their Dallas counterparts 36-23 for the game.

"They have a good team, they keep coming," Nowitzki said. "I wasn't really good tonight. I didn't close the game the way I wanted to."

Dallas had just three turnovers in the opening 24 minutes and led 57-47 at the half.

The Celtics fought through periods of sloppiness offensively, committing seven turnovers in the first two quarters. They were also outscored 20-12 in the paint.

Though it's early, Horford said it feels good to be 22-4 after all they've been through.

"I'm very happy," he said. "Going into the season you never have any expectations. This is good. We want to keep building on it."

Stevens is also cautiously optimistic.

"I feel good about where we're headed," he said. "We've got a long way to go."

TIP-INS

Mavericks: Were outrebounded 53-45. ... Were outscored 34-32 in the paint.

Celtics: Stevens said both Brown and Morris are expected to be with team when it departs for three-game trip on Thursday.

QUOTABLE

"Our first half was really good. Their second half was better, and that's the game." -- Dallas coach Rick Carlisle.

WILD THIRD

The Mavericks took a 59-47 lead earlier in the third quarter. But the Celtics erased the deficit with a 15-2 run. It was part of a fast-moving quarter that saw the lead change hands eight times.

Barnes had 12 points in period for Dallas. Horford paced Boston with 10 points.

NOEL SURGERY

Carlisle announced before the game that forward Nerlens Noel will have surgery later this week in Cleveland for a torn ligament in his left thumb.

"He'll be out for several weeks," Carlisle said. "I don't know for how long."

Noel has appeared in 18 games this season, but hasn't played since Nov. 22.

DIRK'S LONGEVITY

Nowitzki hasn't said whether this will be his final NBA season at age 39. He's already tied Kobe Bryant for the most seasons spent with one franchise at 20. Another season would give him the outright record, but Carlisle said he believes it is still an open question.

"I believe it's going to depend on how he's feeling. I don't know any NBA player that wouldn't want to continue playing into oblivion," Carlisle said.

UP NEXT

Mavericks: At Milwaukee on Friday.

Celtics: Begin three-game trip Friday at San Antonio.

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<![CDATA[Mavericks Lead Wire-to-Wire to Beat Nuggets]]>Tue, 05 Dec 2017 05:58:43 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-882886848.jpg

After a tough start to the season, the Dallas Mavericks are starting to find their identity with consecutive wire-to-wire wins.

Harrison Barnes scored 22 points and Dennis Smith Jr. added 20 to lead six Mavericks in double figures as Dallas beat the short-handed Denver Nuggets 122-105 Monday night.

The Mavericks never trailed once again after beating the Clippers by 26 on Saturday. Dallas had its highest scoring game of the season and has won five of eight since starting 2-14.

"Our identity just happens to be very gritty on defense and have each other's backs, and then ball security on offense," Smith said. "If we do both of those things, we're gonna win a lot of games."

Dallas did both on Monday, building a 25-point, first-half lead as they held Denver to 35 percent shooting before the break. And the Mavs had only seven turnovers.

Will Barton led Denver with 23 points, Jamal Murray added 22 and Gary Harris had 21.

Denver played without two-thirds of its starting frontcourt as Paul Millsap (left wrist injury) and Nikola Jokic (sprained left ankle) remained out.

The Nuggets started the second half making their first six shots and got within 88-80 on Barton's 3 with 2:13 left in the third quarter. It was the first time Denver had been within single digits since trailing 16-8 early on.

"I think we had enough gas in the tank to come back, but the first quarter was such a big deficit on the road, it's going to be very tough," Murray said.

Barnes hit a long jumper to restore a 10-point lead, and Dallas maintained a double-digit lead throughout the fourth quarter.

"We shot it well. We moved it well. We had low turnovers," coach Rick Carlisle said. "There were a lot of good things."

SOLDIERING ON

Dallas held its annual Seats for Soldiers Night, where the team's season-ticket holders provide their courtside seats to more than 100 wounded U.S. service members. Former president and first lady George W. and Laura Bush were also in attendance. The Mavericks improved to 11-2 in these games since starting the tradition in 2004.

"Coming out of halftime I told some of them that I personally appreciate everything that they do," Smith said. "Their sacrifice -- some of the guys and women were missing limbs -- they made sacrifices a lot of people wouldn't make. That was a little added motivation for everybody tonight."

ROAD WOES

Denver fell to 3-8 on the road against 10-2 at home as they began a six-game road trip.

"They hit us first and we hit back too late," Murray said. "We can't afford that on the road."

TIP-INS

Nuggets: Kenneth Faried had 13 points and 11 rebounds, his fifth-straight double-figure scoring game while starting in place of Millsap. ... The Nuggets got starting forward Wilson Chandler back, but Chandler scored just four points in 27 minutes after missing the last three games with lower back pain.

Mavericks: Yogi Ferrell scored 12 of his 16 points in the second half. Other Mavs scoring in double figures: Wesley Matthews (15), Devin Harris (14) and Dwight Powell (11).

UP NEXT

Nuggets: At New Orleans on Wednesday night. Denver scored an NBA season-high 146 in beating the Pelicans on Nov. 17.

Mavericks: At Boston on Wednesday night to start a three-game trip. The Celtics beat the Mavs in overtime on Nov. 20.

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<![CDATA[DeMarre Carroll Helps Nets Beat Mavericks 109-104]]>Wed, 29 Nov 2017 23:18:20 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-866844796.jpg

DeMarre Carroll scored 15 of his 22 points in the third quarter to help the Brooklyn Nets beat the Dallas Mavericks 109-104 on Wednesday night.

Trevor Booker had 16 points and 10 rebounds, Spencer Dinwidde added 19 points, and Caris Levert had 13.

Harrison Barnes had 17 points for Dallas, Maxi Kleber added a career-high 16, and Dwight Powell had 14.

Carroll put the Nets ahead for good at 78-76 on a 3-pointer with 2:03 remaining in the third quarter.

Brooklyn led by as much as nine points in the fourth quarter, taking a 106-97 advantage with 1:32 remaining on Joe Harris' 3-pointer. Dallas responded with a 7-0 run, cutting it to 106-104, before the Nets finally iced it with a pair of rebounds in the final 10.5 seconds.

Harris split a pair of free throws with 10.5 seconds remaining, but Brooklyn kept possession after the rebound went off a Mavericks player and out of bounds. Dinwiddie then missed a pair of free throws with 7.4 seconds left, but Booker grabbed a rebound, and Dinwiddie redeemed himself with a pair of free throws to complete the scoring with 5.2 seconds remaining.

Brooklyn struggled at the free-throw line, going 14 of 25 attempts. Dallas was 17 of 21.

TIP-INS

Nets: Dinwiddie made his eighth straight start in place of D'Angelo Russell, who sustained a knee injury Nov. 11. ... Brooklyn led 48-47 at halftime.

Mavericks: G Yogi Ferrell played 10 games for Brooklyn during the 2016-17 season before getting release and signing a contract with Dallas. Ferrell had eight points.

UP NEXT

Nets: Host Atlanta on Saturday.

Mavericks: Host the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday.

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<![CDATA[Aldridge Fuels Spurs Past Mavericks 115-108 in Parker's Return]]>Mon, 27 Nov 2017 23:15:17 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-862935150.jpg

LaMarcus Aldridge had a season-high 33 points and 10 rebounds and the San Antonio Spurs celebrated Tony Parker's first game of the season by beating the Dallas Mavericks 115-108 on Monday night.

Parker had six points and four assists in 14 minutes in his first appearance since tearing his right quadriceps tendon May 3 against Houston in Game 2 of the Western Conference semifinals.

The injury required surgery and led some to speculate Parker could miss significant time, if he came back at all. Instead, the 35-year-old returned quicker than expected to what he calls the "game I love."

Parker moved confidently, driving to the basket and making hard cuts to get away from defenders while primarily playing in the first half. He made his first two shots on hard drives to the basket.

On his first attempt, Parker made a quick stop under the basket and faked a layup, causing Maxi Kleber to fly past him before making an easy layup. Parker then sped past rookie Dennis Smith Jr. on the left side of the lane and threw in a floater with his right hand that elicited cheers and smiles from the Spurs bench, especially from longtime teammate Manu Ginobili.

San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich watched much of Parker's return on television after being ejected with 7:25 remaining in the first half. Popovich was assessed a technical foul for pointing to his eyes and screaming at official Josh Tiven after a video replay showed officials were incorrect on an out of bounds call. Popovich was ejected after storming the court and berating Tiven.

After falling behind by 13 points in the first half, the Spurs rallied behind their defense.

Danny Green leapt to steal an entry pass and fed Aldridge for an alley-oop dunk. Kyle Anderson stole the ensuing inbound pass, which led to a dunk by Pau Gasol off a feed from Parker that tied it at 58. After Harrison Barnes missed a layup, Green hit a 3-pointer to give the Spurs their first lead since late in the first quarter at 61-58.

Gasol added 25 points for the Spurs. Anderson, Green and Patty Mills each had 12 points.

Smith and Wesley Matthews each had 19 points to lead the Mavericks, who had won two straight.

TIP-INS

Mavericks: Dallas has made at least 10 3-pointers in 16 of 21 games this season, including 14 of 32 against San Antonio. ... Dallas will complete its four-game series against San Antonio before Christmas, with the teams scheduled to play Nov. 27, Dec. 12 and Dec. 16. ... The Mavericks have won consecutive games only once this season.

Spurs: Parker made his 1,131st career start, the most among active point guards. Houston's Chris Paul is second with 839. ... Parker said he expects Kawhi Leonard to return in "two to three weeks" from a right quadriceps injury that has kept him out all season. ... Aldridge has 20 points and 10 rebounds in seven games this season, the most in the team's first 20 contests since Tim Duncan had eight in 2009. ... San Antonio is 10-0 when scoring at least 100 points.

UP NEXT

Mavericks: Host Brooklyn on Wednesday night attempting to extend a four-game winning streak against the Nets.

Spurs: Host Memphis on Wednesday night in the Grizzlies' first game since firing coach David Fizdale.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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<![CDATA[Thunder Stumble, Fall to the Mavericks]]>Sun, 26 Nov 2017 13:52:17 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-864723912.jpg

Russell Westbrook and the Oklahoma City Thunder didn't blow a lead this time. They barely had one.

Dirk Nowitzki scored a season-high 19 points, rookie Dennis Smith held his own against Westbrook on the rookie Dallas guard's 20th birthday and the suddenly surging Mavericks beat the Thunder 97-81 on Saturday night.

The Thunder fell behind for good in the first quarter a night after losing a 15-point lead in the second half of a one-point loss to Detroit that followed a dominant win over Kevin Durant and Golden State -- their only victory in the past five games.

"Everybody should be upset walking out of this locker room because you sure hate to lose," guard Raymond Felton said after the team with the Big Three of Westbrook, Carmelo Anthony and Paul George fell to 8-11.

"I know I do and I'm pretty sure everybody else on this team does, so that's why you see the faces. That's why you see the looks. We're all upset, but we're the ones who got to figure it out."

Smith finished with 15 points and four assists while Westbrook had 28 points, 12 rebounds and nine assists a night after his sixth triple-double of the season.

But the star guard had just 12 points after a dominant first quarter as the Mavericks won their third in the past four games following a 2-14 start. At 5-15, Dallas still has the worst record in the Western Conference.

"We are making small gains," coach Rick Carlisle said. "It's the first time we have won two in a row. It is a little bit of momentum, and it is precious."

Anthony hit three of his four 3-pointers in the third quarter to help Oklahoma City close within 10, but got called for an offensive foul, his fourth, and then traveling the next time down. Yogi Ferrell's 3-pointer after the travel put Dallas up 70-53.

Anthony finished with 16 points after sitting the entire fourth quarter, while George also sat the fourth and finished with just two points on 1-of-12 shooting with a game-high 10 assists for the Thunder, who shot 36 percent.

It was the fewest points for George since the finale in 2014-15, when he missed all but the final six games after breaking his right leg with Team USA the previous summer.

Nowitzki, the 39-year-old in his 20th season, hit his season high on a 3-pointer that gave the Mavericks their biggest lead at 26, 83-57, early in the fourth quarter. J.J. Barea had one of his six assists on that 3 as Dallas finished with 25 on 37 baskets.

Harrison Barnes had 12 points and 12 rebounds in Dallas' first game since he banked in a 3-pointer at the buzzer off an inbounds pass with 0.5 seconds left, giving the Mavericks a 95-94 win in Memphis.

TIP-INS

Thunder: Held to 13 points in the second quarter, fewest in any quarter this season. The previous low was 14 in the second quarter of a 96-87 loss to Utah on Oct. 21. ... The Thunder were outscored 53-31 in the second and third quarters, shooting 28 percent (11 of 39).

Mavericks: Nowitzki had a strange three-point play in the second quarter. Jerami Grant was given a technical for grabbing the rim when Nowitzki hit a layup. There was contact, and the Mavericks thought Nowitzki was fouled and would get three free throws. He made the one he got. ... The Mavericks weathered a 5-minute scoreless drought in the fourth quarter, with Ferrell hitting a 3 to get the lead back to 18.

WHERE'S THE HELP

Grant's two free throws with 50 seconds left in the third quarter were the first points by someone other than Westbrook or Anthony since a bucket by Steven Adams with 5:20 left in the second. Westbrook and Anthony were the only double-figure scorers, followed by Grant with nine.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR

Smith said he didn't notice he was facing Westbrook on his 20th birthday until he had to start planning what family might be around for the occasion. The ninth overall pick in the draft, Smith has drawn comparisons to Westbrook. "I don't really try to compare myself," Smith said.

UP NEXT

Thunder: At Orlando on Wednesday, with the first of two three-day breaks this season. That's their longest outside the All-Star break.

Mavericks: At San Antonio on Monday, the second of four in a season series that will be finished nine days before Christmas.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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<![CDATA[Barnes' 30-Footer at the Horn Lifts Mavs Over Grizzlies]]>Thu, 23 Nov 2017 00:52:43 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/MavericksAP_17327134581338.jpg

Nathan MacKinnon had three assists, including one off a faceoff with a second remaining in the second period, and the Colorado Avalanche beat the Dallas Stars 3-0 on Wednesday night to remain nearly unbeatable at home.

Erik Johnson, Nail Yakupov and Gabriel Landeskog all scored off feeds from MacKinnon. Jonathan Bernier, starting in place of an ailing Semyon Varlamov, made 28 saves for his 15th career shutout and second against the Stars.

Bernier preserved the shutout with several key stops, including a kick save that turned away a shot by Jamie Benn in the third period.

Colorado improved to 7-1-1 at home and 7-1-0 at the Pepsi Center. The Avalanche's overtime loss Nov. 10 to the Ottawa Senators in Sweden officially counted as a home game for Colorado.

Ahead 1-0, the Avalanche tacked on another goal in a remarkable sequence near the end of the second period. MacKinnon won the faceoff with Benn, gettting the puck out to Yakupov, who was alone between the circles. Yakupov got off a powerful slap shot that rocketed past goalie Ben Bishop and into the net with a fraction of a second to spare.

Colorado added one more goal early in the third when MacKinnon picked up the puck behind the net and passed it out to Landeskog, who knocked it in as he skated across the slot.

After a scoreless first period, MacKinnon led a rush down the ice and dished the puck to Johnson, who wristed a shot from the bottom of the right circle that slid benath Bishop's pads at 3:02 of the second.

NOTES: MacKinnon leads the Avalanche in points (25) and assists (18). ... Varlamov missed a second consecutive game because of illness. The Avalanche recalled G Andrew Hammond from Belleville of the AHL to serve as the backup goalie while Varlamov recovers. ... Dallas C Martin Hanzal remains day to day with a hand injury. ... Dallas G Mike McKenna was active as the backup to Bishop, with G Kari Lehtonen excused from the game due to personal reasons.

UP NEXT

Stars: Return home to host Calgary on Friday.

Avalanche: Head to Minnesota to play the Wild on Friday.

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<![CDATA[Are the Mavs in a Good Place This Season?]]>Tue, 21 Nov 2017 20:32:43 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Mavs+Barnes+Celtics.jpg

NBC 5 sports director Newy Scruggs and Jean-Jacques Taylor discuss whether the Mavericks are actually in a good spot despite the early season struggles.

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<![CDATA[Irving's 47 Lead Celtics Past Mavericks to Maintain Streak]]>Mon, 20 Nov 2017 23:44:41 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Mavericks+Rick+Carlisle.jpg

Kyrie Irving scored 10 of his season-high 47 points in overtime as the Boston Celtics rallied once again from a double-digit deficit to beat the Dallas Mavericks 110-102 on Monday night and extend their winning streak to 16 games.

The Mavericks led by as many as 13 points in the fourth quarter, but as they have several times during their winning streak, the Celtics stormed back.

The winning streak ties the fourth-longest in Celtics history.

Boston tied the game at 96 when Irving stole the ball from Dirk Nowitzki and fed Jayson Tatum for an alley-oop lay-up that hung on the rim for a full second before dropping through.

Irving scored his team's first six points of overtime. Then after Jaylen Brown gave Boston a 104-102 lead with a jumper with 1:39 to play, Irving went to work on Yogi Ferrell, backing him down and drawing contact on a lay-up with 48.5 seconds to play. Though Irving missed the free throw to keep the score 106-102, Dallas never got closer.

Harrison Barnes scored 31 points and Wesley Matthews had 18 for Dallas, which came back from an early double-digit deficit as the Celtics went cold for much of the second and third quarters.

Irving and Barnes had chances in the final 30 seconds but both missed shots that would have given their teams the lead.

The Mavericks fell behind by as many as 15 points in the first half, outscoring the Celtics 55-35 over the second and third quarters.

Dallas took its biggest lead of the game when Yogi Ferrell fed a cutting Dwight Powell for a lay-up to make it 87-74 with 7:47 to play before the Celtics rallied.

Boston shot just 10-for-34 over the two middle quarters after building the early lead.

TIP-INS

Celtics: Marcus Smart came into the game shooting just 27 percent from the field, worst among NBA players with at least 10 attempts per game. And he shot 3-for-15 Monday as the Mavericks backed off and dared him to shoot. But Smart's 3 with 1:24 to play in the game put Boston within 96-94. . The game was a homecoming for Boston rookie Semi Ojeleye, who played college basketball at SMU in Dallas.

Mavericks: Guard J.J. Barea won the NBA Cares Community Assist Award for October for the relief work he did in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria in his native Puerto Rico. He was presented with the award at halftime. Barea has provided more than 100,000 pounds of supplies to the island, and he has raised nearly $750,000 in funds through his own efforts and a YouCaring.com fund drive.

UP NEXT

Celtics: At Miami on Wednesday. The Celtics beat the Heat on October 28 for win number four of their streak.

Mavericks: At Memphis on Wednesday for the team's third meeting of the season. Each team won at home in a back-to-back series in late October.

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<![CDATA[Mavs Barea Honored With NBA Cares Award]]>Tue, 21 Nov 2017 04:59:47 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/jj-barea-2017-mavs.jpg

The following is an unedited news release from the Dallas Mavericks, published Nov. 20, 2017.

Dallas Mavericks guard J.J. Barea has received the October NBA Cares Community Assist Award presented by Kaiser Permanente in recognition of his continuous relief efforts in Puerto Rico following devastation caused by Hurricane Maria, the NBA announced today.

The award recognizes an NBA player each month who best reflects the passion that the league and its players share for giving back to their communities.

Kaiser Permanente and the NBA are honoring Barea for his work to immediately initiate aid for Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria.  Coordinating five trips to the territory where he was born and raised, Barea used the Mavericks’ team plane, with help from owner Mark Cuban, to personally deliver much-needed supplies in the days after the hurricane.

Working with partners in North Texas, Barea has provided more than 100,000 pounds of supplies to the island, including 32 generators, 14,000 pounds of water, 10,000 pounds of food and 3,000 pounds of medical supplies, diapers, clothing, cleaning products and toiletries on the first trip alone.

Barea also launched a fundraiser on YouCaring.com for families affected by the hurricane that has raised more than $250,000, and personally raised nearly $500,000.  Additionally, he worked with the Mavericks to donate 100 percent of all single-game ticket sales from their Oct. 25 game against the Memphis Grizzlies to Puerto Rico, generating an additional $114,000 for the island’s recovery.

“Puerto Rico is such a small island and I think help is going to be needed there for at least the next year, maybe longer,” said Barea.  “This effort is something I will carry with me forever, and anything I can do to help people put things back in order is a must for me.”

Before the Mavericks’ home game against the Boston Celtics tonight, NBA Cares Ambassador Bob Lanier will present the award to Barea during an oncourt ceremony. In addition, Kaiser Permanente and the NBA will donate $10,000 to the J.J. Barea Foundation.

The NBA Cares Community Assist Award presented by Kaiser Permanente honors the standard set by NBA Legend David Robinson, who improved the community piece by piece.  To learn more, please visit http://www.nba.com/communityassist/.



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<![CDATA[Mavericks Stop 4-game Slide With Win Against Bucks]]>Sun, 19 Nov 2017 23:04:52 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-876083778.jpg

The Dallas Mavericks' first win in a couple weeks was quite a relief for Wesley Matthews and company.

Matthews scored a season-high 22 points, and the Mavericks stopped a four-game slide with a 111-79 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday night.

"It rejuvenates you," Matthews said. "Everybody feels good. Aches don't hurt as much, you just feel better about everything you've done. You don't need moral victories, you've got the real one and you can actually see everything we're trying to bring together."

Matthews also had eight assists while helping Dallas (3-14) to its first win since Nov. 7 at Washington. He had six of the Mavericks' franchise record-tying 19 3-pointers.

"We were playing basketball, and one of the hardest things to guard is random movement," he said. "That's when I'm at my best, when we're just playing and stay in a rhythm."

J.J. Barea had 20 points for the Mavericks, and Harrison Barnes finished with 18. Yogi Ferrell had 16 points and Dwight Powell grabbed 13 rebounds.

Milwaukee had won four in a row. Giannis Antetokounmpo had 24 points and 17 rebounds for the Bucks (8-7), and Khris Middleton added 23 points.

It was Milwaukee's first loss since it acquired Eric Bledsoe in a trade with the Phoenix Suns on Nov. 7.

"I think the ball was just stuck," Bucks coach Jason Kidd said. "The ball got sticky and we were afraid to let go of it to a teammate."

The Mavericks never trailed after Matthews' 3-pointer made it 22-20 with 3:07 left in the first quarter. Dallas went 19 for 38 from beyond the arc, including a shot clock-beating 3 from near midcourt by Barea that made it 88-64 in the fourth quarter.

"I had to shoot that one," Barea said. "You don't see a lot of those."

Kidd said his team should have been ready for the 3-point barrage.

"Coming into the game we had talked about how they are second in the league in attempts," Kidd said. "They just haven't made them. But tonight they made up for all those misses."

Milwaukee went 6 of 25 from 3-point range.

TERRY RETURNS

Jason Terry played the final couple minutes for Milwaukee and got a standing ovation from the crowd. The 40-year-old Terry played for Dallas from 2004 to 2012 and helped the Mavs win the NBA title in 2011.

Terry scored on his only field-goal attempt, leading to a large roar from the crowd.

"I knew he was gonna score," Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said. "I was gonna clap, I wasn't sure how appropriate that was. You know how I feel about him, that's one of the reasons we're all wearing rings here."

TIP-INS

Bucks: C John Henson went 3 for 10 at the free-throw line. ... Kidd had two stints in Dallas as a player and averaged 10.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, and 8.4 assists in 500 career games with the Mavericks. ... The Bucks host the Mavericks on Dec. 8.

Mavericks: C Nerlens Noel only played three minutes. Noel played six minutes in Friday night's 111-87 loss to Minnesota and has been replaced in the rotation by Salah Mejri. ... Dallas still leads the NBA with 14 losses this season.

UP NEXT

Bucks: Host the Washington Wizards on Monday.

Mavericks: Host the Boston Celtics on Monday.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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<![CDATA[Sloan on 12-man Roster for Basketball Qualifying Games ]]>Tue, 14 Nov 2017 13:46:57 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/154565903-basketball-generic.jpg

Tournament MVP Jameel Warney and three other players who helped the U.S. win the AmeriCup gold medal will suit up for the Americans in their first two Basketball World Cup qualifying games.   

The Americans will play Puerto Rico on Nov. 23 in Orlando, Florida, a game moved from Puerto Rico because of hurricane damage. The U.S. will host Mexico three nights later in Greensboro, North Carolina.   

The U.S. is relying on G League players, with NBA players unavailable for the windows during the season. Besides Warney, who plays for the Texas Legends, Larry Drew II (Sioux Falls Skyforce), Reggie Hearn (Reno Bighorns) and Xavier Munford (Wisconsin Herd) played for Jeff Van Gundy when the Americans went 5-0 and won AmeriCup gold in September.   

The rest of Van Gundy's roster chosen Tuesday for this month's games: Amile Jefferson and Elijah Millsap (Iowa Wolves); Markel Brown (Oklahoma City Blue); Jarell Eddie (Windy City Bulls); Kennedy Meeks (Raptors 905); Donald Sloan (Texas Legends); Travis Wear (South Bay Lakers), and Semaj Christon, who is a free agent.   

Under FIBA's new qualifying system, teams will play home-and-away games against opponents in their region to qualify for the 2019 World Cup in China. That tournament will then qualify seven teams for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.

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<![CDATA[George, Westbrook Lead Thunder Past Mavs]]>Mon, 13 Nov 2017 07:43:23 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/AP_17317047379172.jpg

Paul George scored 37 points, Russell Westbrook added 27 and the Oklahoma City Thunder overcame the absence of two regular starters to beat the Dallas Mavericks 112-99 on Sunday night.

Carmelo Anthony was ruled out about an hour before tipoff because of a sore lower back, and starting center Steven Adams sat out with a right calf contusion.

Without Anthony, the Thunder's other two superstars carried the offensive load, fueling a 26-10 run in the third quarter that broke open what had been a tight game. Oklahoma City improved to 6-7, missing its second straight after four consecutive losses.

Harrison Barnes had 22 points and 13 rebounds, and Yogi Ferrell had 18 points for the Mavericks. They have dropped nine of their last 10 games to fall to 2-12. Dallas is in a particularly tough portion of its schedule, having lost both ends of a back-to-back against Cleveland and Oklahoma City, and with games against San Antonio and Minnesota looming.

Oklahoma City led 44-42 after a subpar offensive first half for both teams. Westbrook and George combined to go 5 of 18 from the field in the half, but combined to score 32 of the Thunder's 39 points in the decisive third quarter.

With the game tied 48-48 in the third quarter, Westbrook scored on a drive, and then George blew by Dirk NowitzkI for a dunk that led to a Dallas timeout. That started the Thunder's big run, which included three 3-pointers by Westbrook and another by George. Westbrook's final 3-pointer during that stretch put Oklahoma City up 74-58 with 3:35 left in the quarter.

George's 3-pointer with 11:25 left in the game pushed the Thunder's advantage to 88-67. A 9-2 run, capped by Yogi Ferrell's 3-pointer, pulled Dallas within 97-84 with 5:56 left but the Mavericks came no closer.

TIP-INS:

Mavericks: Devin Harris missed the game because of bruised ribs he suffered in a loss Saturday to Cleveland. ... The Mavericks went 11 of 37 from 3-point range and have had at least nine 3-pointers in all 14 of their games. ...Official Sean Corbin issued technical fouls to both Nowitzki (in the second quarter) and coach Rick Carlisle (between the third and fourth quarters).

Thunder: On his 29th birthday, Westbrook chose to wear a pair of neon orange Air Jordan shoes during the first half before switching to a pair of black-and-blue Air Jordans for the second half. ... The Thunder made a season-high 15 3-pointers, in 32 attempts. ... Jerami Grant was given his first start of the season in place of Anthony. ... Rookie Dakari Johnson started at center for the second straight game in place of Adams and matched up against NBA legend Nowitzki in the post to begin the game.

UP NEXT:

Mavericks: Host San Antonio on Tuesday night to start a four-game homestand.

Thunder: Host Chicago on Wednesday night to wrap up a three-game homestand.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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<![CDATA[Love, Korver Lead Cavaliers Past Mavericks]]>Sun, 12 Nov 2017 00:45:45 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/174*120/GettyImages-873067184.jpg

Not much has come easy for the Cleveland Cavaliers this season.

Facing one of the worst teams in the league, the Cavs needed a big fourth quarter to hold off the Dallas Mavericks.

Kevin Love had 29 points and 15 rebounds and Kyle Korver scored all 13 of his points in the final period to help the Cavaliers beat the Mavericks 111-104 Saturday night.

Cleveland took control of the game in third quarter and led by as many as 11 in the fourth, then saw the Mavericks twice cut the deficit to one point. Dallas could never break through, though, missing three shots that would have given them the lead.

With the American Airlines Center crowd standing for most of the game's final four minutes, Harrison Barnes missed a 3-pointer with 39 seconds left that would have put Dallas up by one.

Korver -- who hit three 3s in the quarter -- was fouled on the rebound as he crashed to the floor, then made both free throws to put the Cavs up 106-102. Cleveland made seven of its final eight from the line to clinch the game.

LeBron James, averaging 36 points in the Cavs' first five games in November, had just 19 Saturday, but two came on an emphatic dunk with 1:08 to play that put Cleveland up 104-100. He also had 11 rebounds.

"We're just really resilient," James said. "We relied on our championship habits from our guys on the floor, but also trying to get back to our mental toughness and figuring out how to win."

Barnes finished with a team-leading 23 points and 12 rebounds, and Dennis Smith, Jr. had 21 for Dallas, which is tied with Atlanta for the NBA's worst record at 2-11. Dirk Nowitzki scored 14 for the Mavericks.

"It's never usually what happens in those last few minutes that dictates the game," Barnes said. "It's what you did earlier. Unfortunately, that deficit we built -- we couldn't really get past it."

The Cavaliers outscored the Mavericks 34-22 in the third quarter to erase a three-point halftime deficit. Love scored 13 points in the first 5:38 of the quarter, and J.R. Smith's long 3-pointer keyed a 15-2 run and forced a Dallas timeout.

"They just found me all night, especially in that third quarter," Love said. "They kept feeding me the ball. They knew I had a little rhythm going and that set the tone for us."

TIED FOR 13TH

J.R. Smith's four 3-pointers gave him 1,797 for his career, tying him for 13th place all-time with Nowitzki, who had two 3s of his own in the game.

NO MINUTES FOR NOEL

Center Nerlens Noel did not play at all Saturday as the Mavericks turned to Dwight Powell and Salah Mejri to back up Dirk Nowitzki at center. Noel played just five minutes Tuesday against Washington and has seen his minutes slowly decline. Carlisle explained the decision by saying, "Minutes are earned - that's all I can tell you." Noel said he was disappointed by the lack of minutes but not frustrated: "(Carlisle) knows my number is ready when he calls it and I'll give force to a winning effort."

TIP-INS

Cavaliers: Smith had 17 points and Jae Crowder had 15. Starting point guard Derrick Rose missed his second consecutive game with a left ankle sprain. Iman Shumpert started in Rose's place. The team set no timetable for Rose's return. ... Tristan Thompson missed his fifth straight game with a left calf strain. Despite missing Thompson's presence on the boards, Cleveland outrebounded the Mavericks 53-42.

Mavericks: Dallas set a franchise record by making at least nine 3s in their 13th straight game, but they shot just 29 percent from deep on Saturday, making 10-of-34. . Guard Devin Harris left the game in the third quarter with bruised ribs and probably won't play on Sunday.

UP NEXT

Cavaliers: Continue their four-game road trip at the Knicks on Monday.

Mavericks: Play the second half of a back-to-back at Oklahoma City on Sunday. Dallas then plays four in a row at home.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth

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<![CDATA[Mavericks Snap 6-Game Slide With Victory Over Wizards]]>Tue, 07 Nov 2017 22:02:45 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-871445602.jpg

Harrison Barnes scored 31 points, rookie Dennis Smith Jr. had 22 and the Dallas Mavericks snapped a six-game losing streak with a 113-99 victory over John Wall and the Washington Wizards on Tuesday night.

Wesley Matthews made four 3-pointers and finished with 14 points for Dallas, which has won 14 of its last 15 meetings with Washington. It was just the second win on the season for the Mavericks.

Wall had 23 points and 14 assists in his return from a sprained left shoulder, but the Wizards lost for the fifth time in seven games. Otto Porter Jr. finished with 13 points.

Dallas scored a season-high 64 in the first half and led by 11 at the break. Barnes had 16 points in the opening half, and the Mavericks shot 52 percent from the field.

Dallas led by as many as 16 in the second half before Washington put together a 14-0 run to close to 90-88 with 8:56 remaining in the game. The Mavericks responded with a 15-5 spurt and were never challenged again.

Dallas came into the game averaging 97.9 points per game, 28th in the league, but scored a season-high 113.

TIP-INS

Mavericks: Dorian Smith-Finney was active after missing the last four games with left knee soreness. Smith-Finney had five points in 16 minutes. ... Dirk Nowitzki started at center for the fifth time this season and scored six points.

Wizards: Wall shot 13 of 18 from the free-throw line after combining to go just 5 for 16 in his previous two games. ... Beal had his streak of scoring at least 35 points snapped at three games, one short of setting a Washington record.

UP NEXT

Mavericks: Begin a stretch of five home games in six against the Cavaliers on Saturday. The teams split two meetings last season with each winning at home.

Wizards: Host the Lakers on Thursday in the second game of a four-game homestand. Los Angeles beat the Wizards 102-99 in overtime on Oct. 25.

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<![CDATA[Towns Leads Timberwolves Past Floundering Mavericks 112-99]]>Sat, 04 Nov 2017 23:53:39 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-866809444.jpg

The last time the Minnesota Timberwolves won four games in a row was five years ago, when Karl-Anthony Towns was just a junior in high school.

The Wolves are growing up fast, without much of the pains of past few seasons.

Towns had 31 points and 12 rebounds, Andrew Wiggins added 23 points on 9-for-14 shooting and the Timberwolves used a season-high 33 assists to beat the floundering Dallas Mavericks 112-99 on Saturday night for their first four-game winning streak since Dec. 7-15, 2012.

"It's just one of many," Towns said, "and hopefully four will seem like a little bit to us. It'll seem something like we're having a bad season if we're only getting four in a row at some point."

Holding Mavericks star Harrison Barnes scoreless in the second half, the Wolves enjoyed a blowout for once after the margin of their previous five victories totaled just 17 points. They played so well they still won by 13 points despite lapsing in a fourth quarter won by the Mavericks 30-19 to make notoriously demanding coach Tom Thibodeau uncomfortable.

"Obviously, it's better than losing," he said, "but the big thing is for us to concentrate on improving."

Even Thibodeau had plenty of compliments afterward, though.

Coming off a career-low two points Wednesday at New Orleans, when foul trouble against bulwarks DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis limited him to 22 minutes, Towns responded like the Timberwolves needed him to and thought he would. He had seven points and two rebounds during a 13-0 run late in the third quarter that pushed their lead to 25 points.

"The situation was more in my favor today," Towns said. "I was able to go out there and play my game."

Barnes finished with 17 points for the Mavericks, who have the worst record in the NBA and their first 1-10 start since the 1993-94 season when they staggered out of the gate at 1-23 and finished 13-69.

"They've got a lot of good defenders that they can put on him," said coach Rick Carlisle, who kept Barnes on the bench in the fourth. "Look, we just didn't do a good job moving the ball to start the second half, either. So some of that's on us. Some of it's on me. I've got to get him some better looks."

With franchise cornerstone Dirk Nowitzki not the same as his younger self, the Mavericks been relying heavily on their bounty of point guards. Rookie Dennis Smith Jr. had 18 points and Devin Harris (15 points) and J.J. Barea (14 points) provided a few sparks off the bench, but there's just not enough production to be found. The Mavericks entered the game with the third-lowest scoring average in the league.

"We have to bear down, collectively, and come with the energy and effort," Barnes said. "Our starts in the first and the third have been problematic for us all season."

BUTLER DID IT

The Wolves improved to 6-1 with linchpin Jimmy Butler on the floor, having lost both games the tenacious, versatile small forward missed with a virus, and the upside to this one was he finished with a season-low four points. He had five rebounds and seven assists.

"When I feel like it's my time to shoot, I'll shoot it. But as of right now, my teammates are rolling," Butler said. "Feed them. Let them get us going."

WORK, BENCH

Taj Gibson picked up some slack with 12 points and 10 rebounds, and Jeff Teague had 11 points and 10 assists. The reserves, playing as a five-man unit for long stretches, contributed often, too. Nemanja Bjelica and Tyus Jones each sank a pair of 3-pointers in the second quarter. Jamal Crawford used a shake-and-bake move for a 20-foot pull-up jumper he swished for a 90-62 lead that was the largest of the game for the Wolves.

ROUGH ROAD AHEAD

The Mavericks might have to wait a while longer for that next win. Their next 10 games include two matchups each with Oklahoma City and San Antonio and one against Cleveland, and all but one of them are against teams that made the playoffs last season. The Timberwolves, who visit Dallas on Nov. 17, are the only outlier.

TIP-INS

Mavericks: Nowitzki had seven points on 3-for-8 shooting in 22 minutes. ... Salah Mejri started at center for the first time this season. The 7-foot-2 Tunisian, who had 13 rebounds and five blocks against the Pelicans, went scoreless in nine minutes while picking up three fouls.

Timberwolves: Bjelica is second in the NBA in 3-point shooting, behind Oklahoma City's Raymond Felton. He's the only player on the team with at least one make from behind the arc in all nine games this season. ... The Wolves have attempted more free throws than their opponent in all nine games.

UP NEXT

Mavericks: Travel to Washington to play the Wizards on Tuesday night, their only game in the next six days before hosting the defending Eastern Conference champion Cleveland Cavaliers next weekend.

Timberwolves: Stay home for the second half of a back-to-back set, hosting the Charlotte Hornets on Sunday night before a road trip to face the defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors on Wednesday night.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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<![CDATA[Davis, Cousins Help Pelicans Stifle Last-Place Mavs 99-94]]>Fri, 03 Nov 2017 23:32:36 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Mavericks+Rick+Carlisle.jpg

Anthony Davis had 30 points and 13 rebounds, DeMarcus Cousins added his second 20-20 game of the season and the New Orleans Pelicans started a four-game trip with a 99-94 victory over the last-place Dallas Mavericks on Friday night.

Harrison Barnes scored a season-high 26 points for the Mavericks, who are 1-9 for the first time since 1993-94. That was the second straight 1-9 start for teams that lost an average of 70 games over two seasons.

Cousins had 20 points, 22 rebounds and seven assists for the Pelicans, who were coming off two straight home losses. The 6-foot-11 center, who tied his career high with 20 defensive rebounds, had season highs of 41 points and 23 rebounds in a win at Sacramento last week.

Jrue Holliday added eight assists and a season-high eight rebounds.

The Pelicans led by 14 in the first quarter before Barnes scored 13 second-quarter points to help the Mavericks take their only lead at 31-30. New Orleans pushed the margin back to 17 in the third.

Davis, who matched his season with three blocks, was 10 of 19 from the field and Cousins 8 of 16 to offset an otherwise cold night for the Pelicans. They shot 40 percent and were 7 of 29 from 3-point range. Cousins had four of the long-range misses without making one.

The starting Dallas backcourt of Dennis Smith Jr. and Wesley Matthews went a combined 10 of 32 as the Mavericks shot 39 percent. Smith scored 11 of his 16 points in the fourth quarter.

Backup Dallas center Salah Mejri had 13 rebounds and five blocks.

TIP-INS

Pelicans: Davis and Cousins were a combined 9 of 10 in the first quarter, with Davis scoring 13 and Cousins 10. ... Pelicans had two shot-clock violations in a ragged third quarter in which both teams were 7 of 23 (30 percent) and combined to make four of 20 from 3 (20 percent).

Mavericks: Matthews got a technical foul in the second quarter for complaining after he was called for a foul on Davis. ... Shawn Marion, a member of Dallas' 2011 championship team, had a midcourt seat on the front row and was introduced to nice applause.

UP NEXT

Pelicans: Saturday night at Chicago in first back-to-back of season. Bulls have won six straight in series.

Mavericks: Saturday night at Minnesota in third back-to-back of season.

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<![CDATA[Clippers Roll to Easy 119-98 Victory Over Mavericks]]>Thu, 02 Nov 2017 17:15:58 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-866844796.jpg

Clippers coach Doc Rivers keeps saying that with nine new players and so many injuries, he hasn't had time to install much of a half-court offense.

So his early message has been simple -- keep moving the ball and run at every opportunity.

That worked well enough Wednesday night, when the Clippers beat the Dallas Mavericks 119-88 to snap a two-game losing streak.

"This is the first game in three games that we got our pace back," Rivers said. "When our guards are going downhill, then that tells you our pace is back."

The Clippers are adjusting to life without point guard Chris Paul (traded to the Rockets) and his replacement, the injured Milos Teodosic.

It doesn't hurt their cause that they have several players who excel at passing the ball, from holdovers Blake Griffin and Austin Rivers, to newcomers Danilo Gallinari, Patrick Beverley and Lou Williams.

"We have more fast, athletic guys than we had last year," Austin Rivers said. "When we play at that speed, it's hard to guard us."

The Clippers were given a lesson in speed in their previous game Monday, a 141-113 pasting by the NBA's premier running team, the champion Golden State Warriors.

The Mavs are hardly in the class with the Warriors right now, falling to 1-8 with their fourth consecutive loss. On Wednesday, they started veteran guard Devin Harris in a failed effort to add some spark.

"Everything is an attempt to try and get out of this rut," Harris said. "We have to get back to playing simple basketball."

The Clippers spread their offense around. Griffin had 20 points, seven assists and six rebounds. Austin Rivers added 19 points, Williams 17 points and Gallinari 14 points, six rebounds and four assists.

The Clippers outscored the Mavs 48-26 in the paint and outrebounded them 48-38.

"We had a couple of catastrophic turnovers that got them going in their building," Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said. "Before you knew it, we're playing out of a hole again. Our margin for error is extremely slim."

Rookie Dennis Smith Jr. led Dallas with 18 points despite shooting just 6 for 15 from the field. Harrison Barnes added 14 points and Dirk Nowitzki had 13 points and eight rebounds.

TIP-INS

Mavericks: Averaged only 98.3 points per game during their first eight games. Said Carlisle: "When you keep losing the possession game, it's very tough to win. We have to get consistency with rebounding and turnovers. We have to get better in all areas."

Clippers: After shooting 29.9 percent in his first five games with Los Angeles, Gallinari was 8 for 15 against the Warriors on Monday. Doc Rivers said he was playing it low key with his new forward: "All I told him was to keep shooting it. Nobody ever told me that."

AFTERNOON DELIGHT

The Clippers next play back-to-back 12:30 p.m. games at Staples Center on Saturday and Sunday. Doc Rivers is less than thrilled.

"Those are tricky games," Rivers said. "We have to be ready for them. They're tough. They sneak up on you so quick."

Rivers said he had asked the league not to schedule back-to-back afternoon games.

"We did, and it worked so well," he said. "I had one request after the season -- no back-to-back afternoon games. And they said, OK. And they gave it to us anyway. My pull isn't what it used to be."

LOSING START

Dallas' 1-8 start is the worst in the NBA, but it has a long way to go before approaching the franchise record for futility.

The 1993-94 Mavs started 1-23.

NEXT UP

Mavericks: Return home Friday to host the Pelicans.

Clippers: Play their fourth of five consecutive home games on Saturday against the Grizzlies.

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<![CDATA[Jazz Beat Mavericks 104-89]]>Mon, 30 Oct 2017 22:32:50 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-866844792.jpg

Rodney Hood scored 15 of his season-high 25 points in the third quarter to help the Utah Jazz rally to beat the Dallas Mavericks 104-89 on Monday night.

The Mavs hit nine of 14 3-pointers in the first half and the Jazz struggled to defend their drive-and-kick action. But Utah came alive in the second half thanks to Hood and a 25-4 run to start the third quarter.

The Jazz adjusted their defense in the second half and made things much more difficult for one of the best 3-point shooting teams in the league. The Mavericks were just 3 for 10 from behind the arc in the second half.

Dallas climbed back within five late in the fourth quarter, but an 11-0 run highlighted by a pull-up Hood 3-pointer from the top of the arc put the game away. Hood had just five first-half points.

Ricky Rubio saw his shot begin to fall in the second half and finished with 20 points. Rudy Gobert added 17 points, 12 rebounds, six blocks and six assists.

Dirk Nowitzki led the Mavs with 18 points and J.J. Barea added 17 off the bench.

TIP-INS

Mavericks: Rookie Dennis Smith Jr. played 17 minutes despite being listed as questionable with a left knee effusion. He was 1 for 7 for two points. ... Dallas began the night ranked No. 3 in the NBA with 12.9 made 3-pointers per game and No. 5 with a 37.8 percentage from behind the arc.

Jazz: Coach Quin Snyder had his birthday on Monday. He turned 51. ... Rubio entered the game as the second Jazz player, joining Deron Williams, to post at least 90 points, 45 assists and 30 rebounds through their first six games with the organization.

CLOSE BUT NO CALL

The Mavs came out as one of four teams to start the week with just one victory. Coach Rick Carlisle, however, likes the way they've lost.

"We've played seven and I think we've had five that have been one possession games," Carlisle said. "This league is about tight games and thin margins for error. We've just got to do a few things better each game to put ourselves in a better position.

"Rebounding has got to be better. Turn it over less. Make a few more shots. Pretty simple stuff, but it's the NBA, so it's hard. Teams are defending you. You're in tough places like this and so, it's hard work. But you've got to get it done."

UP NEXT

Mavericks: Travel to face Blake Griffin and the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday.

Jazz: Host Damian Lillard and the Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday.

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<![CDATA[Simmons Leads 76ers Past Mavericks]]>Sat, 28 Oct 2017 22:54:24 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/167*120/GettyImages-865374402.jpg

Ben Simmons had 23 points, eight assists, and seven rebounds as the Philadelphia 76ers outlasted the Dallas Mavericks 112-110 on Saturday night for their second win of the season.

Joel Embiid added 23 points and nine rebounds as the 76ers won in Dallas for the first time since Jan. 29, 2005.

Dallas had a chance to tie the game and force overtime with 0.2 seconds remaining with Yogi Ferrell at the free throw line, but the guard missed the first attempt and Dallas couldn't score on a rebound after he intentionally missed the second.

Simmons won the battle of rookie point guards with Dallas' Dennis Smith Jr, who countered with 12 points and eight assists, but struggled with six turnovers.

T.J. McConnell added 15 points off the bench and Robert Covington had 11 points for the 76ers.

Harrison Barnes led Dallas with 25 points. Wesley Matthews had 19, Ferrell 17, and J.J. Barea 15.

Embiid got the best of former teammate and friend Nerlens Noel, who had four points and four rebounds. Noel spent three and a half seasons with the 76ers before being traded to Dallas last February.

Both teams relied heavily on 3-pointers as Philadelphia went 16-for-35 from beyond the arc, while Dallas made 19 of 40 3-point attempts.

Philadelphia seemingly took control and closed the third quarter with a 13-4 run after Dallas took a 76-74 lead with 5:06 remaining in the period.

The Mavericks opened the fourth quarter with a 9-0 run and kept the game close, but couldn't regain the lead in their final outing before a two-game road trip.

TIP-INS

76ers: F J.J. Reddick missed the game with lower back tightness. Dario Saric started in Reddick's place and had 12 points in 29 minutes. ... Philadelphia led 57-56 at halftime.

Mavericks: F Dirk Nowitzki had 11 points and recorded his 1,788th career 3-pointer in the third quarter, moving past Rashard Lewis for sole possession of 13th place on the NBA all-time list. . 76ers assistant coach Jim O'Brien served as the Mavericks lead assistant during the 2012-13 season. . Dallas had won 11 straight at home against Philadelphia heading into Saturday.

UP NEXT

76ers: Complete their Texas road trip with a visit to Houston on Monday.

Mavericks: Travel to Utah on Monday still looking for their first road win.

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<![CDATA[Gasol's Double-Double Leads Grizzlies Over Mavericks, 96-91]]>Fri, 27 Oct 2017 05:01:03 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-866844796.jpg

This time the Memphis Grizzlies came out raring to go, though they couldn't sustain the momentum.

The Grizzlies turned back a second-half rally by Dallas and closed with a late run to pull away and preserve a 96-91 victory on Thursday night.

Marc Gasol had 25 points and 13 rebounds, and Mike Conley added 22 points for the Grizzlies, who lost to the Mavericks 103-94 on Wednesday night in Dallas. The Grizzlies came out sluggish in the loss, but opened Thursday's game with a much better approach, building the lead to 22 in the first half and 20 in the third quarter.

Then almost saw it slip away.

"They made us play one-on-one, and then we got a little happy with that and stuck to it," Gasol said. "We got enough stops, especially at the end, to stop the bleeding."

The Grizzlies almost squandered away that second-half advantage. Wesley Matthews, who finished with 18 points, had four 3-pointers in the third to start the comeback. Then a fourth-quarter push gave the Mavericks an 86-84 lead with 3:56 left when J.J. Barea converted three free throws, capping an 18-8 run to open the quarter.

That was the last lead for Dallas, as Conley scored the next five points and had nine of the Grizzlies' next 10.

"We shouldn't have been in that position in the first place," Matthews said. "We put ourselves there. . (Wednesday) night we had them down 19 playing the way we did in the second half. What team do we want to be?"

Harrison Barnes led Dallas with 22 points and 11 rebounds. Dirk Nowitzki added 14 points.

Memphis led 28-14 after one and 54-35 at halftime and seemed in control of the game, holding the Mavericks to 27 percent shooting. Dallas hit only one of its 13 3-point shots before halftime.

"The second quarter was a killer," Dallas coach Rick Carlisle said, later adding: "I loved the fight in three of the four quarters. I thought we played hard. The second quarter was what really did us in."

Tip-Ins
Mavericks: Nowitzki has scored 1,445 points against the Grizzlies, more than any active player. Only Kobe Bryant, with 1,636, has more points against the Grizzlies. ... F Josh McRoberts (lower extremity injury), G Seth Curry (stress reaction left tibia) and Devin Harris (personal reasons) were not with team. . Dallas hit only 14 of 40 shots inside the paint. ... Barnes recorded the third 20-10 game of his career.

Grizzlies: Gasol has scored at least 25 points in every game this season, except the opener against New Orleans. It was Gasol's fourth double-double of the season. Tyreke Evans recorded a season-high 19 points. Jarell Martin recorded a career-high five blocks and tied his career high with nine rebounds.

A Little Help From My Friends
Evans' 19 points helped the Grizzlies bench outscore the Mavericks reserves 34-23, marking the fourth time in five games this season that the Memphis subs have outscored their counterparts. Wednesday's loss to Dallas was the only time this season the Memphis bench has been outscored.

My Bad
The Mavericks, trailing 94-91 and with the ball in the closing 15 seconds, ended up with a forced 3-pointer from rookie Dennis Smith Jr. with 3 seconds left that was off the mark, preserving the Memphis win.

"That was on me," Carlisle said. "With that amount of time, he has to know that a quick 2 is OK. I didn't make that clear to him, so that's on me. There's going to be many occasions like this where he learns a lot, but that one is my fault."

Up Next
Mavericks: Host the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday.

Grizzlies: Host the Houston Rockets on Saturday.



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<![CDATA[Smith Leads Mavericks Past Grizzlies for First Win]]>Thu, 26 Oct 2017 16:26:48 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-866435598.jpg

Dennis Smith Jr. took a major step forward in his fourth career game.

The 19-year-old point guard had 19 points and five assists to lead the Dallas Mavericks to their first win of the season, 103-94 over the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday night.

"I've been waiting for this," Smith said. "I got tired of losing."

Smith was at his best in the second half, with 14 points and four assists, as Dallas snapped a four-game losing streak.

"Well, Smith's pretty clearly a gamer. He is unafraid," Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said. "Tonight was the biggest amount of responsibility that we have put on him."

Grizzlies guard Mike Conley, who went head-to-head with Smith, was also impressed by the rookie.

"I love his game. I watched a lot of film on him. He plays with a great pace, very patient," Conley said. "He's going to be something special in the league and they've got a good one. It's fun to compete against him."

Memphis had a season-opening three-game win streak come to an end in the opener of a home-and-home back-to-back between the teams.

Marc Gasol had 26 points for Memphis. Conley scored 21 points and Tyreke Evans had 13 off the bench for the Grizzlies.

Wesley Matthews added 16, Harrison Barnes had 15, J.J. Barea scored 14, and Dirk Nowitzki scored 13 points for Dallas.

"I think the ball is moving better," Barea said. "Everybody is touching it. We are more active on offense."

The Mavericks went ahead 8-7 with 8:30 remaining in the first quarter on a hook shot by Nerlens Noel and never surrendered the lead. Memphis pulled within three in the fourth quarter before Dallas went on a 9-0 run to regain control.

"We couldn't get stops, it's simple," Gasol said. "When you don't have enough stops, you won't be able to get over the hump. ... We didn't play enough good D and we were not disciplined enough in order for us to win."

Dallas led by as much as 19 in the first half, but Gasol helped drag his team back into the game in the third quarter. Gasol scored 12 points on 4-for-6 shooting in in the period, cutting the score to 79-72 before the fourth quarter.

Both teams struggled at the free-throw line. The normally reliable Grizzlies made 16 of 24 free throws, and Dallas went 20-for-29.

Devin Harris played his first game since the death of his brother on Oct. 19 and had six points. Before the game, Carlisle said Harris wouldn't travel to Memphis with the team on Thursday.

Tip-Ins
Mavericks: Barea played in his 700th career game. ... Dallas' 32 points in the first quarter where a season-high. ... Nowitzki played in his 1,399th career game. He can become the seventh player in NBA history to reach 1,400 on Thursday.

Grizzlies: F Chandler Parsons didn't play since he isn't yet medically cleared to play in back-to-back games. Parsons, a former Maverick, is expected to play Thursday. ... Memphis will play 16 back-to-backs this season.

Not So Free
Gasol went 3-for-8 from the line. He entered the game having converted on 26 of 27 free-throw attempts, including a 10-for-10 night.

Rebounding
The Mavericks have struggled with rebounding this season and had been outrebounded 211-160 in their first four games. The Grizzlies had a 36-35 edge in total rebounds, but Carlisle felt his team won the overall battle because Memphis collected a few rebounds late once the game had been decided.

Up Next
Mavericks: Will try to win their third straight game in the all-time series against Memphis.

Grizzlies: Have a chance to bounce back against the Mavericks on Thursday night.



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<![CDATA[Warriors Star Stephen Curry Prays With Devin Harris' Nephew]]>Mon, 23 Oct 2017 23:09:01 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/curry+harris+prayer.jpg

Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry shared a touching moment with the nephew of Dallas Mavericks guard Devin Harris at the American Airlines Center Monday night.

Harris' brother, Bruce Harris, died from his injuries sustained in a car crash last week on Central Expressway in Dallas.

Devin Harris has not rejoined the Mavs on the court since his brother's death, but he brought his nephew to see his team play against the defending champs on Monday,The Dallas Morning News reported.

Before the game, Curry spoke with the young boy near the team's courtside tunnel and appeared to bow his head in prayer with the child.

Video of their interaction was posted on Twitter by user @KDISAWARRIOR and quickly went viral, with reaction praising Curry and offering words of comfort for the Harris family.

The Warriors beat the Mavs 133-103, as Curry scored 29 points.



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<![CDATA[Curry, Durant Help Warriors Pull Away from Mavs, 133-103]]>Tue, 24 Oct 2017 06:13:07 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-862935150.jpg

Stephen Curry swished a floating one-hander and went to the floor after some contact, looking for a call that wasn't coming.

This time, the Golden State star smiled and ran the other way.

Curry scored 29 points, Kevin Durant added 25 and the Warriors pulled away from the winless Dallas Mavericks in the second half of a 133-103 victory on Monday night.

Klay Thompson had 21 points as the defending champs got back to .500 four games into the season, two nights after losing their cool late in a loss at Memphis.

Curry was at the center of it, getting fined $50,000 for throwing his mouthpiece on a non-call in the final minute against the Grizzlies. There wasn't much reason to get worked up this time, even after an 18-point lead early in the second quarter was cut to one before halftime.

Golden State never trailed in its seventh straight win in the series.

"I actually kind of liked that we struggled there for a while because we were making the same mistakes, turnovers, not talking on defense and not boxing out," coach Steve Kerr said. "It's good that we responded and turned it around in the second half."

Curry made all five of his shots inside the 3-point line while going 2 of 10 beyond the arc. The most damage was at the line in his third straight game with at least 10 attempts. The two-time MVP was 13 of 13 and has made all 39 free throws this season.

"Been trying to finish at the rim, had people close out real hard on 3-point attempts," Curry said. "Rest of it's just being in the right place at the right time and trying to put pressure on the defense, whether it's with my shooting and spacing ability or driving to the lane."

Thompson had consecutive 3-pointers to cap a 15-2 run that turned a two-point lead into an 83-68 advantage in the third quarter, sending Dallas to its second straight 0-4 start. The Mavericks lost a franchise-worst five straight to start last season.

Wesley Matthews scored 19 points for the Mavericks. Harrison Barnes had 13 points against his former team, matching J.J. Barea and Yogi Ferrell. Rookie Dennis Smith Jr. had 10 points after missing two games with left knee swelling.

"We can't put ourselves in the hole," Smith said. "We bounced back into halftime we almost tied it. That was just effort. We've got to come out that way."

Durant was 9 of 15 from the field and 4 of 6 from beyond the arc as the Warriors shot 56 percent.

The Mavericks trailed 42-24 early in the second quarter before Matthews made all four shots, including a pair of 3-pointers , in a 10-point quarter. Dallas was twice within a point but never had a chance to take the lead.

Curry hit two free throws for a three-point halftime lead, then made one before play started in the second half when the Mavericks were called for delay of game.

Tip-Ins
Mavericks: Curry's younger brother, Mavericks G Seth Curry, has missed all four games with a stress reaction in his lower left leg. Coach Rick Carlisle ruled him out this week. ... G Devin Harris missed his third straight game since his older brother, Bruce Harris, was killed in a car wreck in Dallas last week.

Warriors: Curry became the eighth player to reach 20,000 career minutes for Golden State in the first quarter. ... The Warriors improved to 34-7 after a loss under Kerr. ... Curry and Draymond Green had eight assists apiece. Green scored 10 points with seven rebounds.

Too Much Show
With the game out of hand in the final minutes, Golden State rookie Jordan Bell was free on a breakaway and bounced the ball off the backboard before dunking it. Kerr told Carlisle after the game that he said something to Bell about not showing up an opponent.

"That was a bit much, but it was just a rookie being a little excited there I guess. That's on us," said 39-year-old Dirk Nowitzki, in his 20th season with the Mavericks.

Tampering?
In the spirit of Curry's fine, Kerr recalled the time he was fined as Phoenix's general manager when LeBron James was a free agent before going to Miami in 2010. He was asked on a radio show if the Suns would sign James.

"I laughed and I said, 'Yeah, if he'll take the minimum. We don't have any cap room.' Ten grand, wrote a check the next day. They didn't like humor I guess. Tampering. And LeBron was close too. I really think he might have come there for minimum. It just didn't work out."

Up Next
Mavericks: Home against Memphis on Wednesday.

Warriors: Home against Toronto on Wednesday.



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<![CDATA[James Harden Leads Rockets Past Mavericks, 107-91]]>Sun, 22 Oct 2017 01:28:12 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-862627102.jpg

James Harden and Houston Rockets coach Mike D'Antoni stressed Saturday night the importance of establishing a consistent defensive presence.

Harden scored 29 points to lead the Rockets to a 107-91 victory over the Dallas Mavericks in the team's home opener on Saturday night.

While Houston's hot shooting certainly helped, holding the Mavericks to 20 points or less in each of the first three quarters gave the Rockets plenty of breathing room.

"From the beginning of the game, defensively, we were locked in, and offensively, we made shots," Harden said. "That's going to be our blueprint is making shots."

The Rockets were 18-0 when holding opponents to less than 100 points last season. Through the first three games, they're allowing 104.0 points per game, down from an average of 109.6 points last season

"I think we're trying to build a good defensive base," D'Antoni said. "We're trying to understand where we're at offensively. I wish Chris (Paul) would be here so we can keep getting better. I'm happy where we're at, but we've got a long ways to go. But 3-0 is 3-0."

Playing without Paul, who is week-to-week with a left knee injury, Harden frequently bulldozed his way into the paint for layups while also keeping hot from beyond the arc. Harden made six of 13 3-pointers and added seven assists in 29 minutes.

Houston improved to 3-0 for the first time since the 2014-15 season when it started 6-0. Dallas fell to 0-3 for the first time since the 2011-12 season, which followed their NBA title run in 2010-11.

Without Paul, the Rockets started Harden and Eric Gordon in their backcourt, with Demetrius Jackson playing 18 minutes and scoring four points off the bench. Gordon had 18 points, while Clint Capela had 13 points and 10 rebounds, and Nene scored 14 points off the bench.

"We've got a long way to go, but this was a good start for us," Harden said. "As we watch film, change thin(AP) -- gs and continue to get better, we'll move forward and figure out things we can get better at."

For the Mavericks, both Yogi Ferrell and J.J. Barea had 19 points, Harrison Barnes had 14 and Wesley Matthews 11. Dirk Nowitzki was held to just two points on 1-of-8 shooting in 19 minutes.

While the Mavericks played mostly with a smaller, guard-heavy lineup, Houston played its lengthy, physical forwards and dominated the rebound category. Houston outrebounded Dallas 54-41, and the margin was much wider entering the fourth quarter once the game was out of reach.

"There's no excuse. We just have to go get the ball," Matthews said. "Simple and plain we have to go get the ball. Nobody's walking through that door that's going to go grab us 25 rebounds a night. Collectively, we have to do it. It's as simple as that."

Nowitzki received a technical foul for shouting at an official early in the third quarter. Tasked with playing the role of the paint protector on defense, Nowitzki struggled at times to keep Houston from scoring inside. The Rockets outscored the Mavericks 50-30 in the paint.

Houston outscored the Mavericks in each of the first three quarters by wide margins of 13, 10 and 11 points thanks in large part to red-hot shooting. The Rockets shot 47.6 percent from the field, going 13-for-31 (42 percent) from 3-point range.

Houston led 62-39 at the half.

"We've got to regroup," Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said. "We have a day off tomorrow. We have to rest. On Monday, we have the World Champions coming in. It's not like it's getting any easier."

TIP-INS

Mavericks: Rookie point guard Dennis Smith Jr. missed his second straight game with swelling in his left knee. Smith, the ninth pick in the NBA draft, had 16 points and 10 assists in his debut against Atlanta. ... The Mavericks were also missing guard Devin Harris, who was granted a leave of absence following the death of his brother Thursday.

Rockets: After a 4-0 sweep of the series last season, Houston has won five straight games against Dallas, the longest streak since 1999-2000. The Rockets have won 11 of the past 14 games against Dallas. ... Rookie Zhou Qi made his NBA debut, playing seven minutes in the fourth quarter and posting three rebounds and one block. The 7-foot-1 power forward from China was drafted 43rd overall by Houston in the 2016 draft.

UP NEXT

Mavericks: Host Golden State on Monday night.

Rockets: Host Memphis on Monday night.

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<![CDATA[Hawks Spoil Smith's Debut, Top Mavericks 117-111]]>Thu, 19 Oct 2017 05:17:06 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-862934588.jpg

Dennis Schroder's first game as the front man for the Atlanta Hawks just happened to be the night that countryman Dirk Nowitzki joined Kobe Bryant as the only players to reach 20 seasons with the same team.

The young guard showed Germany's aging icon that maybe he can be the face of a franchise as well.

Schroder scored 28 points, fellow Euro standout Marco Belinelli added 20 in his first game for Atlanta and the rebuilding Hawks spoiled rookie Dennis Smith Jr.'s solid Dallas debut, beating the Mavericks 117-111 in the opener Wednesday.

"He is about to retire," Schroder said of the 39-year-old Nowitzki. "And to have a battle against him and compete against him is always a good feeling."

Belinelli, a familiar face for the Mavericks as a former rival with San Antonio, was 4 of 6 from 3-point range to help the Hawks in their first game after letting Paul Millsap leave in free agency and dumping Dwight Howard.

"I've seen him in Europe doing his thing for Italy, and he did it tonight," said Schroder, who led the Hawks with seven assists. "I was excited when I heard he's here. It's just great to have somebody like that coming off the bench and looking for his shots."

Smith, the first Dallas rookie to start an opener since 34-year-old teammate Devin Harris in 2004, scored his first NBA points on an alley-oop dunk to open the Dallas scoring and finished with 16 points and a game-high 10 assists.

Nowitzki scored 10 points on 4-of-14 shooting, and the surest sign yet that he's putting the franchise in younger hands came late. The 7-footer who led the Mavericks to their only championship in 2011 sat during the back-and-forth final minutes.

Dewayne Dedmon followed a miss by Schroder for a layup to put Atlanta up 113-111 with 58 seconds left. Taurean Prince rebounded a missed 3 from Belinelli with the shot clock off and made both free throws for a four-point lead.

"I think it was just a couple of blown coverages," Smith said of the Mavs getting outscored 6-0 in the final minute. "Stuff that shouldn't have happened but it did unfortunately. It's stuff that we can fix."

Schroder was 13 of 26 from the field, with all but three of his shots coming inside the 3-point line as the 24-year-old in his fifth season attacked the basket repeatedly.

"He's kind of our engine," coach Mike Budenholzer said. "When he's aggressive, that's when he's at his best and we're at our best."

Nerlens Noel matched Smith with 16 points, his most since coming to Dallas at the trading deadline last season, and had 11 rebounds. Wesley Matthews scored all of his 15 points in the second half. Harrison Barnes scored 14 but was 3 of 13 from the field.

Tip-Ins
Mavericks: G Seth Curry, Golden State star Stephen Curry's younger brother, missed the opener with a stress fracture in his lower left leg. He's out indefinitely. ... Noel had two double-doubles in 22 games with Dallas last season.

Hawks: Won their eighth straight against the Mavericks, a streak that goes back to Oct. 30, 2013. ... Prince, a former Baylor standout playing 100 miles up the road from his college home, had 10 points and 10 rebounds.

'Other' First-Rounder
The 19-year-old Smith, the ninth overall pick and Dallas' most important draft choice since Nowitzki 19 years ago, wasn't the only first-round rookie to play well. Atlanta's John Collins, the 19th pick, scored 14 points.

Brief Break
Smith asked out of the game and limped through the tunnel in the second quarter after landing awkwardly on his left leg when he was fouled on a dunk. He returned later in the quarter, and said after the game it was just a "quick breather" after a hard collision.

Up Next
Mavericks: Sacramento at home Friday night in a "20-20" matchup: Vince Carter, Nowitzki's former teammate, is also in his 20th season.

Hawks: At Charlotte on Friday night.



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<![CDATA[Pat Doney Previews the Mavs' 2017-18 Season]]>Thu, 19 Oct 2017 18:24:16 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Doney-MavsPreview-101817_1200x675_1076460099933.jpg

NBC 5 Sports' Pat Doney says there are lots of reasons to be excited about the Dallas Mavericks in 2017-18, including Dirk Nowitzki's 20th NBA season.]]>
<![CDATA[Cuban: Mavs Will Honor Flag, Respect Those Who Disagree]]>Mon, 16 Oct 2017 18:50:52 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Cuban_on_Anthem_6p_101617.jpg

As North Texas community advocates urge Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones to allow his players to take part in protests during the national anthem, another Dallas team owner says America was built on disagreements.

When asked about the controversy surrounding the national anthem at games during practice Monday, Mavericks owner Cuban suggested it's the media — not the fans — taking note.

"Just walk through the concourse of a game while the national anthem is playing. The whole place doesn't stop," Cuban said.

While Cuban told reporters he believes fans aren't keeping score before the game begins, he did share his own love for the flag, along with plans to honor it in a special tribute video before games.

"We're going to make a proactive effort to recognize that it's an important symbol for this country, but we're also going to recognize that what it stands for is the right for people to disagree and to stand up for your beliefs. This country was built on people disagreeing," Cuban said.

Cuban added that he's encouraging players with something to say to do so in the tribute video.

"They can say exactly what's on their mind, so they control the narrative and the media doesn't," Cuban said.

Cuban tempered some of his own political aspirations, saying he'd only make a run for the presidency if he were single.

He did, however, say he's working on his own healthcare plan he'd be happy to share with the current administration.

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<![CDATA[Mavs' Cuban Says America Was Built on Disagreements]]>Mon, 16 Oct 2017 18:28:02 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Cuban_on_Anthem_6p_101617.jpg

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban says disagreements like the one over protests during the national anthem are what make our country great.]]>
<![CDATA[Cuban Says He'd Run for President If He Was Single]]>Mon, 16 Oct 2017 14:58:13 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Cuban_Says_Hed_Run_for_President_if_He_Was_Single_1200x675_1074362947642.jpg

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said on Monday that he'd run for president if he was single. He also said he's working on a heath care plan.]]>
<![CDATA[Mark Cuban Says Mavs Will Honor Flag]]>Mon, 16 Oct 2017 13:42:31 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Mark_Cuban_Says_Mavs_Will_Honor_Flag_1200x675_1074356803707.jpg

Dallas Mavs owner Mark Cuban said on Monday that the team will honor the American flag, but said it's everyone's right to protest if they want to.]]>
<![CDATA[Mark Cuban Says Mavs Tickets Are Very Affordable]]>Mon, 16 Oct 2017 13:12:10 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Mark_Cuban_Says_Mavs_Tickets_Are_Very_Affordable_1200x675_1074351171629.jpg

On Monday, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban told the media that tickets to the Mavs games have been made more affordable.]]>
<![CDATA[Hornets Top the Mavericks 111-96 in Preseason Action]]>Fri, 13 Oct 2017 21:39:05 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-501164856.jpg

Kemba Walker scored 17 points and Johnny O'Bryant III had all 15 of his points in the fourth quarter for Charlotte as the Hornets beat the Dallas Mavericks 111-96 on Friday.

O'Bryant was 5 for 5 from the field and 3 for 3 from the foul line in the fourth, helping the Hornets (2-3) pull away with a 29-15 spurt.

Harrison Barnes scored 24 for Dallas (4-2).

MAVERICKS: Dennis Smith Jr. closed his preseason with 10 points and nine assists. ... Dirk Nowitzki had 14 points and J.J. Barea added 13.

HORNETS: Dwight Howard grabbed 12 rebounds, helping Charlotte win that battle 50-37. ... Malik Monk and Dwayne Bacon each scored 14.

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<![CDATA[Mavs Take Tempered Expectations into Nowitzki's 20th Season]]>Wed, 11 Oct 2017 22:22:37 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/160*125/GettyImages-649527260.jpg

Dirk Nowitzki just wants to have fun while joining Kobe Bryant as the only players to spend 20 seasons with a single NBA franchise.

For the big German, that means helping the Dallas Mavericks make the playoffs. Even better, the 13-time All-Star would love to win a series or two, which the Mavericks haven't done since Nowitzki led them to their only championship in 2011.

While there's excitement over rookie point guard Dennis Smith Jr., Dallas' most important draft pick since Nowitzki in 1998, the Mavericks will likely have to overachieve to avoid missing the postseason for the second straight year.

That hasn't happened since Dallas was a sad-sack franchise wrapping up the abysmal decade of the 1990s, and a young Nowitzki was still learning his way in the NBA. The Mavericks missed last year because of an injury-plagued 4-17 start, the worst since the year before he arrived.

"I think we need to start a little better," Nowitzki said. "Just always chasing. That costs a lot of energy, so hopefully we come out of the gates a little better. Create a little more energy than we did last year at the beginning. Hopefully have a decent season."

Harrison Barnes is now the primary scoring option. Going into his second year, his idea of fun most certainly isn't a 33-49 record just two years removed from winning a championship with Golden State.

"I think it comes down to we've got to make the playoffs," said Barnes, who led Dallas at 19.2 points per game last season. "That's where it has to start. If you don't make the playoffs, it's like where did we really improve from last season."

The Mavericks think they improved in the draft, which probably hasn't happened in more than a decade. Missing the playoffs for just the second time in 17 seasons led to the ninth overall pick and Smith, who left N.C. State after one season and won't turn 20 until late November.

Coach Rick Carlisle is banking on Smith's athleticism and depth at point guard improving the tempo after the Mavericks were one of the slowest teams in the league last season. Dallas is also much younger than the start of last season, even with the 39-year-old Nowitzki.

Carlisle said the challenge will be playing faster while becoming a good defensive team.

"I think we can do it," he said. "I think we have the toughness. I think we have the wherewithal. There aren't many people expecting much out of our group, but I believe in these guys."

Story lines with Carlisle coming off just his second losing season in 15 years as a head coach:

NOEL FACTOR

Center Nerlens Noel had to settle for a $4.1 qualifying offer after failing to get the max deal he coveted as a restricted free agent. He's playing for a payday next summer, but will mostly come off the bench because the Mavericks are better at the start of games with Barnes at power forward and Nowitzki at center.

"I'm really locked into having a great year, no matter what. Just keep it simple," he said.

20 AND COUNTING?

Nowitzki isn't hiding his satisfaction over making it to 20 seasons, as Bryant did with the Lakers, crediting the single franchise thing to owner Mark Cuban buying the team during Nowitzki's second season.

"He's obviously a big part of why I've been here so long, him being loyal to me and making the decision to make me his franchise player and stick with me through a lot of disappointments," Nowitzki said.

BEVY OF GUARDS

There are five potential point guards in Smith, Seth Curry, Yogi Ferrell, Devin Harris and J.J. Barea. Combinations of two of those will be on the court plenty as well, once Curry returns from a stress reaction in his left leg that has him sidelined indefinitely. Ferrell is expected to start until Curry is ready.

LOW TURNOVER

Other than drafting Smith, the Mavericks didn't have any significant roster changes after dumping aging veterans Deron Williams and Andrew Bogut at the trading deadline last season.

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<![CDATA[Dallas Mavs Dancers Host Calendar Release Party]]>Fri, 06 Oct 2017 16:20:08 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/MAVS+DANCERS.jpg

The Dallas Mavericks Dancers released their 2017-2018 12-month calendar at a party Thursday evening. The 28-page swimsuit calendar features the newest team. All 18 dancers were on hand to sign autographs and take pictures with fans. For the first time ever, a digital version of the calendar will be available on Mavs.com beginning Friday, October 6th.

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<![CDATA[Magic Beat the Mavs 112-89 in Preseason Match Up]]>Thu, 05 Oct 2017 21:05:50 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/154565903-basketball-generic.jpg

Aaron Gordon had 17 points and 10 rebounds, and Nikola Vucevic added 14 points in Orlando's home preseason debut. Dallas' Dennis Smith, the No. 9 overall pick in the June' draft scored all 13 of his team-high points in the first half on a night when the Mavericks left most of their starters and veterans at home.

DALLAS: The Mavericks brought a skeleton crew into Amway Center with several of the veterans and coach Rick Carlisle not making the trip on a preseason back-to-back. Starters Dirk Nowitzki, Wesley Matthews and Harrison Barnes did not make the trip along with veteran reserves Nerlens Noel, J.J. Barea, Josh McRoberts and Devin Harris. Carlisle did not make the trip because he was ill. Associate head coach Melvin Hunt stood in for Carlisle.

ORLANDO: Rookie first-round draft pick Jonathan Isaac struggled in his home debut, converting just one of five from the field to finish with just two points, three rebounds and two blocked shots in 17 minutes. Recent Hall of Fame inductee and former Magic star Tracy McGrady sat courtside. ... Forward Adreian Payne suffered a fractured left hand during Tuesday night's practice. Payne is a two-way player for the Magic, who appeared in 18 games last season with Minnesota.

UP NEXT: The Mavericks (2-1) are off until Monday when they will host Orlando. The Magic (1-1) will host the Miami Heat on Saturday night.



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<![CDATA[Dirk Nowitzki Meets 'Swish' the Guide-Dog-in-Training]]>Thu, 05 Oct 2017 19:39:36 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dirk_with_Swish_100517_1200x675_1063867971561.jpg

Mavs star Dirk Nowitzki meets "Swish," a puppy in training to be a guide dog for Guide Dogs For The Blind dog school.]]>
<![CDATA[Dirk Celebrates 20th Mavs Season With His Namesake Puppy]]>Thu, 05 Oct 2017 19:41:20 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dirk+nowitzki+and+swish.jpg

Dallas Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki met his namesake Tuesday as he prepares to enter his 20th season with the team.

"Swish," an 8-week-old yellow Labrador Retriever is a puppy in training to be a guide dog for Guide Dogs For The Blind dog school.

The puppy will spend the next year with a puppy-raising volunteer before entering formal training school, the team said.

Nowitzki welcomed Swish to the team's media day, where he carried the puppy around in his arms to meet his teammates and pose for photos.

The Mavericks open up the regular season on Wednesday, Oct. 18 against the Atlanta Hawks at the American Airlines Center.

MORE INFORMATION:Guide Dogs for the Blind

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<![CDATA[Mavs' Coach Carlisle to Miss Orlando Game Due to Illness]]>Thu, 05 Oct 2017 17:24:01 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Rick_Carlisle_on_Dirks_20_Years_1200x675_1054526019989.jpg

Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle did not make the trip to Orlando for a preseason game against the Magic due to illness.

Dallas officials said associate head coach Melvin Hunt will stand in for Carlisle on Thursday night.

Carlisle was not alone in not making the trip. Veterans Dirk Nowitzki, Wesley Matthews, Harrison Barnes, Nerlens Noel, J.J. Barea, Josh McRoberts and Devin Harris also will not be in Orlando to face the Magic.

The Mavericks (2-0) are coming off a 118-71 home win over the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday night. Assistant coach Kaleb Canales also did not make the trip to Orlando so that he can remain in Dallas to work with the veteran players who remained at home.

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<![CDATA[Mavs Owner Mark Cuban 'Considering' a Bid for President]]>Tue, 03 Oct 2017 22:40:57 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/mark-cuban-donald-trump.jpg

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban says he is considering making a bid for president of the United States.

The billionaire investor and entrepreneur appeared on the podcast "Viewpoint with Bakari Sellers," and was asked if he is thinking about running.

"Considering? Yes. Ready to commit to it? No," Cuban told Sellers, a former South Carolina state representative.

Cuban also told CNBC's "Fast Money" on Tuesday that he's "actively considering" a run for the presidency, but he said there's a 90 percent chance he won't run, citing his wife's displeasure with the idea.

"Based off what's happening in the White House, based off what's happening in the country and the world, we need better leadership. And I think I could do a better job," Cuban told CNBC. "But there's a lot more to it than just thinking you can do a better job and so, I'm not ready to make the commitment."

The Mavs' owner has been outspoken about his political beliefs, which he told Sellers are "independent all the way through."

"I try to look at every situation differently. I try to be objective. I try to be informed. And if I'm informed, hopefully I can come to a conclusion that I believe in an am willing to back and do something about," Cuban said on "Viewpoint."

LISTEN:Hear the full podcast, "Viewpoint with Bakari Sellers," by clicking here.

Matthew Eshbaugh-Soha, professor and chair of political science at the University of North Texas, says if Cuban indeed decides to run against Trump it would be "a campaign like we've never seen before."

"What he's saying there is he would run on policy, which sounds great. This is tricky, because most voters don't vote on policy. They vote on emotion, they vote party, so what he's projecting is something more that would be even more revolutionary than Donald Trump," Eshbaugh-Soha said. "He would need a coalition that would transcend parties. He would really have to motivate the American people to be engaged with solving policy problems."

Eshbaugh-Soha said a challenge for Cuban would be attracting moderate Republicans further away from Trump

"He might be able to able to do it. It would be difficult, [but] I hope he tries," Eshbaugh-Soha said.

During the run-up to the 2016 presidential election, Cuban was harsh in his criticism of then-Republican nominee Donald Trump, issuing a pledge of $10 million to a charity of Trump's choice in exchange for a four-hour sit-down interview on his policies. Trump did not take him up on the offer.

Cuban told NBC 5 Sports Director Newy Scruggs, on his NBC Sports Radio show, that he voted for Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election and that the Mavs wouldn't stay at Trump hotels while traveling.

Recently, Cuban has donated use of the Mavs' team plane to ferry relief supplies to hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico, home of Mavs player JJ Barea.

NBC 5's Kevin Cokely contributed to this report.



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<![CDATA[Mavs Plane Sends Relief to Puerto Rico]]>Fri, 29 Sep 2017 08:50:06 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Mavs_Back_to_PR.jpg

The Dallas Mavericks used their team plane to send more relief supplies to hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico.]]>
<![CDATA[JJ Barea Loads More Supplies For Puerto Rico]]>Thu, 28 Sep 2017 17:09:19 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/JJ_Barea_Loads_More_Supplies_For_Puerto_Rico_1200x675_1057279043895.jpg

JJ Barea and other volunteers were on hand loading the Dallas Mavericks team plane with more relief supplies headed back to Puerto Rico. Video shows trucks and trailers full of cases of water being loaded onto the team plane. Mark Cuban has donated the use of the plane for Puerto Rico relief efforts.

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<![CDATA[Mark Cuban Donates Mavs Plane to Puerto Rico Relief Effort]]>Tue, 26 Sep 2017 22:37:48 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Mark_Cuban_Donates_Plane_to_Puerto_Rico_Relief_Effort.jpg

Dallas Mavericks player JJ Barea landed at Dallas Love Field just before 7 p.m. Tuesday night and walked off the team plane with family and friends from Puerto Rico in tow.

"My grandmother's here," Barea said talking to reporters. "We had to get her out."

Barea's grandmother was among several family and friends brought to Dallas from hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico, including the mother of a close friend who was expecting twins any day, and a woman whom Barea just met who needed to get to the East Coast for a transplant operation.

Mavericks owner Mark Cuban donated use of the team plane so Barea could bring donations of generators, water, medicine, and supplies to his native Puerto Rico.

"I'm thankful for my contacts here," Barea said. "I'm a family guy, and the Dallas Mavericks are a family."

Barea talked with NBC News correspondent Gabe Gutierrez in San Juan, Puerto Rico, earlier on Tuesday. 

Barea told Gutierrez that the Mavericks' plane staff flew himself and some close Puerto Rican friends from Dallas to the island along with a planeload of supplies. 

Airport workers were seen unloading generators, cases of water, diapers, baby wipes, first aid kits and other necessary supplies. 

He said he was only making a quick stop at the island and hoped to be able to tour some of the devastated areas before leaving to pick up more supplies.

"When I go down there after the season is over, you look out the window and you see beautiful. You see green, you see the water is blue, you see people having fun, you see the houses are nice," Barea said. "You look out the window today and it's like a bomb exploded."

Barea said anyone who can help should, now. 

"I'm just trying to get the word out Puerto Rico is really in a bad spot and it's gonna be like that for a while," Barea said. "Hopefully the help gets there and we keep getting better."

Barea said he has several more 18-wheelers full of donations. He is working with Cuban to arrange another donation flight to Puerto Rico.

HOW TO HELP:To donate to Barea's crowdfunding campaign to assist Puerto Rico, click here.

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<![CDATA[Mavs' Cuban Opens Up on Players' Protests During Anthem]]>Mon, 25 Sep 2017 20:27:58 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/mark-cuban-donald-trump.jpg

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said it's up to his players as to how they want to respond to the president's comments on athletes protesting during the national anthem.

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<![CDATA[A Chance to Rebound for the Mavericks This Season]]>Tue, 26 Sep 2017 22:12:42 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/mavs+media+day.jpg

Work is underway for the Dallas Mavericks as the team hits the court for practice with the 2017-18 season right around the corner.

Last season was a tough one in Dallas. The Mavs got off to a slow with a 3-14 record after the first two months and never really recovered after that. They finished 33-49, which was fifth in the Pacific Division and 11th overall in the Western Conference. Vegas odds have them around 35 wins this season.

The Mavs first preseason game is Oct. 2 against the Milwaukee Bucks at the American Airlines Center in Dallas. They will play three of the six preseason games in downtown Dallas. The Mavs will also open the season on their home court on Oct. 18 against the Atlanta Hawks.

JOINING THE TEAM: Despite the rough patches, the Mavs did have some bright spots with the emergence of three new players on the roster last season. The addition of forward Harrison Barnes added more scoring punch, with Barnes at times being the “go-to guy” late in games. Guard Yogi Ferrell impressed the front office enough during his two 10-day contracts to earn a multi-year deal.  The Mavs also added some help on the inside, acquiring forward/center Nerlens Noel from the Philadelphia 76ers before the trade deadline.

WELCOME TO THE LEAGUE, ROOKIE: Getting point guard Dennis Smith Jr. with the ninth pick in the 2017 NBA Draft is considered a steal for the Mavs. Smith put on a show during the Las Vegas Summer League and is considered the trendy pick for Rookie of the Year. 

“I just take everything in stride,” Smith said. “I know what I’m capable of and I’ve got expectations for myself so I’m hoping to fulfill them. I have a simple mindset and that is to come in and play the best basketball I can play. I’m really locked in on having a great year.”

Head coach Rick Carlisle said he felt Smith would be his starter at the position when they took the 19-year old from North Carolina State. Needless to say, expectations are high being a Top 10 draft pick in the league.

“Don’t worry, I’ll manage expectations,” Carlisle replied with a smile. “I understand the level of excitement. People should be excited.  This kid is going to show some really amazing things that we haven’t seen at the point guard position for this franchise. That said; this is a learning process. That’s a lot of responsibility but he needs to learn quickly and the best way for a guy like him to learn quickly is to be thrown out there and be put in a position to have to do it.”

FACE OF THE FRANCHISE: Dirk Nowitzki is entering his 20th season in the NBA, all with the Mavs. The 39-year old has also left the door open to return after this season.

The Big German was selected ninth overall in the 1998 NBA draft by the Bucks before being acquired by the Mavs in a draft day trade. Since then he’s become a future Hall of Famer, currently ranking sixth on the NBA all-time scoring list.

So when entering the 20th year in the league, is the game still as fun as before?

“As a rookie, I didn’t have that much fun,” Nowitzki said. “It was tough, everything was new. I was more anxious and nervous. I didn’t know if I was going to make it at the time in this league. So fun-wise, I’m definitely having more fun in my 20th season. Looking forward to getting it going again and not taking it for granted.”

TEACHING BASKETBALL TO THE WORLD: During the Mavericks Media Day on Monday, Carlisle announced that the National Basketball Coaches Association is partnering with eCoach, a digital platform where NBA coaches provide video content incorporating basketball skills instruction.

“This is a great opportunity for us to help grow the game in virtually any country all over the world,” Carlisle said. “Today is our official launch day so we are really excited about that.”



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<![CDATA[Mavs Media Day: Cuban on Trump, Players Having a Voice]]>Mon, 25 Sep 2017 22:11:25 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dirk_Nowitzki_on_20_Years_in_Dallas_1200x675_1054486595593.jpg

Following a weekend where hundreds of NFL players protested during the national anthem, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said on CNBC he wants to give his players a platform to share their thoughts and views.

"I told our folks that I want to give everybody a chance, all of our players and management, to go on camera and have the question asked of them, 'What does the United States of America mean to you?' And is there a topic you'd like to speak about on camera? If we want -- if they would like to have, as a team, their feelings aired on our Jumbotron before a game then rather than trying to make a point through a secondary action, whether it's taking knees, joining arms, whatever it may be, let's just say what's on our mind and let's be clear to fans what we think," Cuban said on CNBC Monday. "If we can take it from there and start a discussion in our community that's a good thing."

The NFL player protests during the Star-Spangled Banner began last year when quarterback Colin Kaepernick took a knee to protest police brutality against minorities. Since that time only a smattering of the league's roughly 1,700 players have joined him; during week two of the NFL season there were a total of six players who took part.

That changed this weekend when President Donald Trump took aim at professional athletes, first attacking protesting NFL players during a rally in Huntsville, Alabama, saying, "Wouldn't you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say get that son of a bitch off the field right now, out, he's fired, he's fired."

Trump followed that up Saturday by rescinding an invitation to Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry upon learning he said he'd vote against the championship team visiting the White House.

On Sunday Trump tweeted he was pleased to share the NHL Champion Pittsburgh Penguins would visit the White House and called them a, "Great team!"

Following the president's comments Sunday more than 200 players either took a knee or refused to step onto the field during the national anthem.

The president on Monday jumped back on Twitter tweeting that the number of players who protested was a small percentage, that fans demand respect for the flag and that the issue of kneeling has nothing to do with race, rather it has to do with respect for our country, the flag and the national anthem.

In his interview Monday morning, Cuban addressed Trump's comments directly saying that instead of tweeting the president should get off his phone and open a book.

"I don’t expect him to apologize, but, you know, if this is the new presidency where our president wants to mix it up, and obviously he does, whether it’s North Korea, God help us, or sports, or me, or public figures, or anybody, then this is the new world. This is the new reality we live in and that makes him fair game," Cuban said. "I don’t think anything’s going to change one way or the other. This is who he is."

Monday is also the Mavericks' media day, the day the players meet with the media for interviews and photographs ahead of the upcoming season. During the Q&A with media, many of the players were asked about the president's comments and the large number of players who took a knee during NFL games Sunday.

Dirk Nowitzki, who is entering his 20th season in Dallas, said Monday people need to do their best to stick together and promote love in these divisive times. While the current champions are not planning a stop at the White House, he recalled fondly visiting the White House in 2011 after the Mavs' championship win and said it was an honor to be there and to present President Barack Obama with a jersey and basketball.

Mavs forward Harrison Barnes said he found it surprising President Trump would take the time to single out Steph Curry and thought the original message by Kaepernick had been lost with more players reacting Sunday to Trump instead of the original cause.

"It's bizarre, but at the end of the day it's still sad that a year after Kaepernick takes that knee we're still not talking about the actual issue which he took the knee for -- police brutality, systemic racism and things like that," Barnes said. "Now it's made more about Trump than what the actual cause was."

Head coach Rick Carlisle said he supports his players and whatever course of action they choose to take, if they choose to take one -- but that he was ready to talk about basketball.

"We met with our players again today and told them that we support them 100 percent - whatever they decided to do," Carlisle said. "My understanding is that they're going to talk about it and they're going to decide as a team what the best course of action is -- if there is a course of action."

Carlisle then said, "You know, I support my players. In terms of the politics of it, today is media day for the Dallas Mavericks and it's time to talk about basketball."

The Dallas Mavericks open up the preseason Oct. 2 against the Bucks.

Watch Mark Cuban's interview with CNBC's “Squawk on the Street” here.


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<![CDATA[Mavs Rookie, 19, Jokes About Dirk's Age]]>Mon, 25 Sep 2017 17:39:48 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dennis_Smith_on_Dirks_Age_Guidance_1200x675_1054553155845.jpg

During media day Monday, Dallas Mavericks rookie Dennis Smith Jr., 19, jokes about 20-year NBA vet Dirk Nowitzki's age before saying he's thankful for the opportunity to play with him.]]>
<![CDATA[Dirk Nowitzki: Entering 20th Season is Special]]>Mon, 25 Sep 2017 15:07:17 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dirk_Nowitzki_on_20_Years_in_Dallas_1200x675_1054486595593.jpg

Dallas Mavericks power forward Dirk Nowitzki says entering his 20th season in the NBA is special and he's glad it's been in one place and that he wouldn't want to be anywhere else.]]>
<![CDATA[Dirk's 20 Years in Dallas is 'Amazing': Rick Carlisle]]>Mon, 25 Sep 2017 15:48:17 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Rick_Carlisle_on_Dirks_20_Years_1200x675_1054526019989.jpg

Dallas Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle says Dirk Nowitzki's 20-year run with the same team is amazing and that most people may not be able to really fathom the amount of work he puts in.]]>
<![CDATA[Harrison Barnes on NFL Protests, Trump]]>Mon, 25 Sep 2017 15:42:12 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Harrison-Barnes-2017-09-25-15-38-16.jpg

Dallas Mavericks forward Harrison Barnes talks about President Donald Trump's tweets and the protests made by athletes. ]]>
<![CDATA[Dirk Nowitzki on NFL Protests, Trump Comments]]>Mon, 25 Sep 2017 14:12:01 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dirk_Nowitzki_on_Protests_and_Trump_1200x675_1054466115775.jpg

When asked about comments made by President Donald Trump, Dirk Nowitzki says people need to do their best to stick together and promote love in these divisive times. ]]>
<![CDATA[Mavs Coach Rick Carlisle on Trump, Sports and Politics]]>Mon, 25 Sep 2017 15:44:28 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Carlisle_on_Trump_Sports_and_Politics_1200x675_1054524995756.jpg

Dallas Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle says he supports his players if they want to protest, but he's ready to focus on basketball.]]>
<![CDATA[Carlisle Plans to Start Rookie Dennis Smith Jr.]]>Mon, 25 Sep 2017 15:51:35 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Carlisle_Plans_to_Start_Dennis_Smith_for_Mavs_1200x675_1054523971658.jpg

During media day Monday, Dallas Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle said he plans to start rookie Dennis Smith Jr. and that people should be excited to see him play. "This kid is going to show some really amazing things that we haven't seen at the point guard position, ever, with this franchise."]]>
<![CDATA[Mavs Rookie Looking Forward to First Season]]>Mon, 25 Sep 2017 15:57:05 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dennis_Smith_Looking_Forward_to_First_NBA_Season_1200x675_1054552643599.jpg

Dallas Mavericks rookie Dennis Smith Jr. says fans have a right to be excited and that the team has a lot of great pieces to compete in the upcoming season. Smith also joked about the video game version of himself in NBA 2K18, describing him as "a monster."]]>
<![CDATA[Dirk Nowitzki Awarded H. Neil Mallon Award]]>Fri, 22 Sep 2017 17:15:10 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/502803078.jpg

The Dallas Mavericks' Dirk Nowitzki was awarded the prestigious H. Neil Mallon Award Friday night at a gala dinner for 1,000 at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas.

The Mallon is awarded by the nonprofit, nonpartisan World Affairs Council of Dallas-Fort Worth, who had this to say about Nowitzki's honor:

"Nowitzki, the 34th recipient of the award, was honored for his continuing, exemplary work as a humanitarian and international ambassador for Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas and the nation. The award is named for the Dallas industrialist, Dresser Industries President H. Neil Mallon, who founded the Council in 1951 as a means of making North Texas a center for international business and cultural connections.

Marjorie Adams, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the World Affairs Council, said, "Tonight we honored an international icon for the city of Dallas. A celebration of his nearly 20 years of big-hearted, principled ambassadorship for our city is long overdue."

Mark Followill, Dallas Mavericks television play-by-play announcer, conducted an on-stage conversation with Dirk Nowitzki after the award presentation by the Honorable Michael Rawlings, Mayor of Dallas.

A legendary power forward and 13-time NBA All-Star, Nowitzki led Dallas to its first National Basketball Association title in the 2010-2011 season. He is the first European to win the NBA's Most Valuable Player honor and last year became one of just six players in NBA history and the first international player to score at least 30,000 points. Nowitzki has spent his professional basketball career with the Dallas Mavericks since the 1998 NBA draft. Off-court, his philanthropic efforts have earned him many honors. In 2013, he was named Germany's UNICEF Goodwill ambassador with the mission of fighting childhood malnutrition and promoting healthy lifestyles around the world. Dirk and his wife, Jessica, are the guideposts for the Dirk Nowitzki Foundation, which through its programs lifts the spirits of children in neighborhoods and classrooms by providing tangible evidence of hope for the future.

Honorary dinner chairs of this dinner which raises funds for the programs of the World Affairs Council were the Honorable Betsy Price, Mayor of Fort Worth, the Honorable Michael Rawlings, Mayor of Dallas, and Tiffany Stewart and Mark Cuban. The dinner chair was Marjorie A. Adams. The host committee included Charlotte and Shy Anderson, Lindsay and George Billingsley, Jennifer and Coley Clark, Rebekah and Michael Finley, Joyce and Tim Goss, Kenny Goss, Sue and Jimmy Gragg, Faisal Halum and Brian Bolke, Georgina Hartland, Nasiba and Thomas Hartland-Mackie, Kari and Troy Kloewer, Jamahl and Kristina Mosley, Dr. Nimesh Patel and Bina Palnitkar Patel, Jan Miller and Jeff Rich, Myrna and Bob Schlegel, Anne and Steve Stodghill, and Kimberly and Justin Whitman.

Previous recipients of the Mallon Award include developers Trammell Crow and Lucy Crow Billingsley, business executives H. Ross Perot and Ross Perot Jr., retired Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas President and CEO Richard Fisher, real estate legend Ebby Halliday Acers and Maurice Acers, AT&T Chairman and CEO Randall Stephenson, Exxon Mobil Corp. Chairman and CEO Rex Tillerson, Dallas oilman Ray L. Hunt, U.S. Vice President Richard Cheney and President George H.W. Bush. Last year's recipient was American Airlines Group's Chairman and CEO Doug Parker.

The World Affairs Council is a non-partisan, non-profit organization dedicated since 1951 to educating and engaging the public on foreign policy and global issues. Information regarding membership and programs is available online at dfwworld.org. For additional information call 214-965-8413.

Since its founding in 1951, the mission of the World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth has been to provide relevant information about global issues, challenges and opportunities while establishing North Texas as a center for international interests and business.



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<![CDATA[Noel Taking $4.1M Qualifying Offer From Mavs: AP]]>Sat, 26 Aug 2017 19:58:02 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-649526792.jpg

Dallas Mavericks center Nerlens Noel has decided to wait a year to try to cash in as a free agent.

Two people with knowledge of the agreement said Saturday that Noel accepted a $4.1 million qualifying offer for one year, essentially betting on himself that he can get something closer to a max contract as an unrestricted free agent next summer.

Noel's decision as a restricted free agent means he can't sign a long-term deal until after the upcoming season, one of the people told The Associated Press. Both spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the contract is pending NBA approval.

The Mavericks acquired the 23-year-old Noel at the trade deadline last season when they were out of contention and retooling to get younger. He averaged 8.5 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.1 blocks in 22 games with Dallas, which missed the playoffs for just the second time in 17 seasons.

The 6-foot-11 Noel hoped to get a max deal this year, with the likelihood that the Mavericks would have matched an offer sheet from another team after including young swingman Justin Anderson and a protected first-round draft pick in a deal with Philadelphia in February.

But Noel has never averaged more than 11.1 points or 8.1 rebounds in three seasons after missing his rookie year with a left knee injury suffered in his only season at Kentucky, where he was a shot-blocking phenom. The sixth overall pick in 2013 has career NBA averages of 10 points, 7.5 rebounds and 1.5 blocks.

The Mavericks envision Noel as an athletic rim protector who can also guard away from the basket, and they have hopes that he can become more of a scoring threat. He's potentially part of a young core alongside 39-year-old Dirk Nowitzki after Dallas used a rare high draft pick on former North Carolina State point guard Dennis Smith Jr.

Dallas made another commitment to youth a year ago by signing Harrison Barnes to a max deal as a restricted free agent out of Golden State. Barnes became expendable when the Warriors reached a deal with Kevin Durant.

Barnes, who turned 25 in May, led the Mavericks at 19.2 points per game last season, and undrafted rookie Yogi Ferrell emerged as a viable point guard. The Mavericks see Ferrell as a better fit as a backup, which he is likely to be along with J.J. Barea and Devin Harris behind the newcomer Smith.

There are still questions about how Noel fits in the rotation because Barnes was most effective at small forward, which meant Nowitzki had to play center when they were on the floor together. But Smith's arrival will make for an intriguing question of how good Noel can be as his pick-and-roll partner.

AP Basketball Writer Jon Krawczynski contributed to this report.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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<![CDATA[Mavs Center Noel Switches Agents in Search of Max Deal]]>Fri, 18 Aug 2017 22:05:59 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/uspresswire-mavericks-nerlens-noel.jpg

So Nerlens Noel fired his agent and will sign with Dan Fegan.

Big whoop.

He still isn’t going to get a max deal from Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban this summer. Cuban would be foolish to pay the 23-year old more than he has to. 

No other NBA clubs tried to sign the restricted 6-11 center.

He has a one year qualifying offer of $5.8 milliion on the table but it’s not to his liking so he switched agents.

“We’re in a holding pattern,” is what Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle told me back in July on NBC Sports Radio when I brought up the contract talks between Dallas and Noel. The NBA salary cap didn’t go up has high as many previously projected, so the summer of 2017 was not a bonanza some players hoped for.

Noel is upset and wants his money but is a deal worth $12 million or $13 million a year worth passing on? With Noel’s injury history, he might want to jump on that. The Mavs and other NBA teams understand he has an injury history. 

We’re talking about a guy who averaged 8.7 points and 5.8 rebounds per game. That doesn’t scream “Max Contract” if you ask me. By the way, the “max” is almost $25 million a year. 



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<![CDATA[Mavericks Announce 2017-18 Season Schedule]]>Mon, 14 Aug 2017 17:49:06 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-649527250.jpg

The NBA schedule is out and the Mavericks will start the season in front of the home crowd.

Dallas will play four of their first five games in downtown Dallas, opening against the Atlanta Hawks on Oct. 18. The Mavericks will face the defending world champion Golden State Warriors twice at American Airlines Center with the first matchup happening on Oct. 23. LeBron James and the Eastern Conference champion Cleveland Cavaliers will make their only trip to Dallas on Nov. 11.

The Mavericks will play a season-high 16 games during the month of December, ten of those on the road that includes trips to Boston, Golden State, San Antonio, Miami and Oklahoma City. Ten of the Mavericks’ final 15 games will also be on the road. The regular season finale is on April 10 against the Phoenix Suns in Dallas.

The NBA is making the effort to extend the regular season across a couple of weeks in October in order to cut down on back-to-back games and completely eliminate the four-game, five night stretches for all teams. The Mavericks have 15 back-to-backs this season, 11 before the All-Star Break.

The 2017-18 season will also be the 20th for the face of the Mavs franchise, Dirk Nowitzki. He will become just the second player to ever play 20 seasons for one team, joining former Los Angeles Lakers great Kobe Bryant.



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<![CDATA[Mavs Rookie Dennis Smith Jr. Signs Deal with Under Armour]]>Tue, 08 Aug 2017 16:55:02 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/mavs+smith+jersey.jpg

The Mavericks feel like they got a steal in this year’s NBA Draft after taking North Carolina State guard Dennis Smith Jr. in the first round. Under Armour may be feeling the same way.

The 19-year old has reportedly signed a three-year footwear and apparel endorsement deal worth as much as $2 million per year with incentives. The company plans to push him as one of its featured players right out of the gate.

Smith was picked ninth overall in this past June’s draft and signed a four-year deal with the Mavericks. During his six summer league games in Las Vegas, he averaged 17.3 points, 4.2 assists and 2.2 steals per game in under 25.9 minutes. His play earned his All-Summer League first team honors.

He joins two-time MVP Stephen Curry and Arlington Grace Prep alum Emmanuel Mudiay on the NBA roster at Under Armour. The company also has endorsement deals across the sports spectrum with Highland Park native and three-time Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw, Masters Champ and Dallas Jesuit alum Jordan Spieth, National League MVP Bryce Harper and NFL MVP’s Tom Brady and Cam Newton.

Under Armour also has one of their “Brand House” stores in Dallas, where they’re expected to feather Smith in both in-store marketing and launch products.

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<![CDATA[Mavericks Sign MWC Player of Year Clavell From Puerto Rico]]>Tue, 01 Aug 2017 18:27:24 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-652268458.jpg

The Dallas Mavericks have signed free agent guard Gian Clavell, an undrafted rookie who has played for Puerto Rico's national team.

Clavell was the Mountain West Conference player of the year at Colorado State last season. He averaged a league-high 20.4 points with 6.3 rebounds and 1.7 assists in 27 games for the Rams.

The 6-foot-4 Clavell is the second Puerto Rican native with the Mavs, joining guard J.J. Barea. His signing Tuesday came three weeks after Dallas signed 6-11 forward Maxi Kleber, who is from Dirk Nowitzki's hometown in Wurzburg, Germany.

In five games with the Miami Heat's summer league team in Las Vegas, Clavell averaged 12.4 points and 1.4 assists. He shot 41 percent from 3-point range and made 11 of 12 free throws.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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<![CDATA[Reports: Mavs Sign South Carolina Guard PJ Dozier]]>Thu, 27 Jul 2017 19:07:14 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/160*120/59_636_dal.gif

The Dallas Mavericks have signed South Carolina guard P.J. Dozier to a partially guaranteed deal, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowksi.

Dozier, who played for the Lakers in the Summer League, was a McDonald's All-American coming out of high school.

Dozier was a significant contributor during South Carolina's Final Four run, last season. He went undrafted in 2017.

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<![CDATA[Mavs' Dennis Smith Jr. Living Up to the Hype]]>Mon, 17 Jul 2017 23:00:48 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-6325314021.jpg

Dallas Mavericks guard Dennis Smith Jr. is showing that he is worth the 9th overall pick and NBC 5's Newy Scruggs tells why Smith is about to get paid.

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<![CDATA[Auditions Underway to Be a Dallas Mavericks Dancer]]>Sat, 15 Jul 2017 20:25:52 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Auditions_Underway_to_Be_a_Dallas_Mavericks_Dancer.jpg

Participants spent the day in Dallas auditioning to be part of the Mavericks Dancers squad. The final team will consist of 20 women.]]>
<![CDATA[Stevenson Believes Mavs Could've Won Back-To-Back NBA Titles]]>Wed, 12 Jul 2017 16:42:09 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/stevenson_discusses_breaking_up_2011_mavs_1200x675_994403395721.jpg

DeShawn Stevenson played a vital role on the Mavericks' 2011 championship team and talks with NBC 5 sports director Newy Scruggs about the break up of the squad after winning the title. ]]>
<![CDATA[Dennis Smith Sr. is Not LaVar Ball and Mavs Coach Likes it ]]>Tue, 11 Jul 2017 22:10:31 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/505180868.jpg

LaVar Ball and his apparel company, Big Baller Brand, have the sports world talking. Either you like the father of Lakers rookie point guard Lonzo Ball or you don’t.

LaVar is about his brand, loves doing interviews and wants basketball fans to buy his son’s ZO2 shoes for $495 a pop.

The Mavericks have a tight father-son combo like the Ball’s in Dennis Smith Sr. and his only son, Dennis, Jr., who was drafted by Dallas in June. 

Head coach Rick Carlislr told me recently on NBC Sports Radio he wanted to spend some time with his new point guard’s father.

”I was curious to meet Mr. Smith because you know, you hear stories about dads who get involved like that and can be overbearing, too much, this, that, and the other, but I sat with him courtside during our second game out here and I found this gentleman to be one of the most solid people I’ve ever met. Extremely caring about his son. Very grounded, wants to help but isn’t overbearing and doesn’t want to get in the way of anything. Very respectful and so I think it’s a great situation for the kid to have a guy like this in his life,” Carlisle said.

The Smiths are from Fayetteville, North Carolina. It’s a city I know very well since I lived in the city two different stints in my life.

Smith is a talent who was not given anything on his way to being one of the top high school players in the nation.

The Mavs head coach is thrilled to have gotten the chance to draft the ACC Rookie of the Year from North Carolina State.

“We’re extremely excited. For some reason he fell to nine, surprising to us. Point guard is probably the most important position in our game right now so the opportunity to draft a guy like this who’s still 19 right now or maybe he just turned 20. We haven’t had a talent like this the entire time I’ve been in Dallas so this is really a great thing for us,” Carlisle said.

Smith Jr’s father is expect to be around a lot for his rookie NBA season and Carlisle said he's on board with it.

“Dennis Sr. had a major impact on junior’s life, no doubt about that. They are very close. He’s been a single parent for many, many years and you care about your son like nothing else in the world. He’s coached him on his AAU teams," Carlisle said.

Smith Sr. is not Lavar Ball and believe me, Carlisle is happy about that.

Click to hear the full interview.



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<![CDATA[Mavs, Nowitzki Agree on 2-Year, $10 Million Deal: AP Source]]>Fri, 07 Jul 2017 04:47:17 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-649526708.jpg

Dirk Nowitzki has a deal with the Dallas Mavericks that sets him up to join Kobe Bryant as the only players to spend 20 seasons with one NBA franchise.

Nowitzki signed a two-year, $10 million contract Thursday that carries a team option in the second season. A person with knowledge of the deal contract provided specifics on condition of anonymity because the team didn't release the terms.

The agreement is similar to the one the Mavs and Nowitzki reached last year, although for significantly less money. Last year's contract was for two years and $50 million, and the club declined its option before free agency opened this year.

The 39-year-old Nowitzki is no longer the primary option for the Mavericks, so a $5 million deal is more in line with his role on a roster that has become significantly younger since the start of last season. The $25 million salary from a year ago was as much about Dallas paying Nowitzki for his loyalty, which included taking less money to help acquire free agents through the years.

Bryant retired following the 2015-16 season, his 20th with the Los Angeles Lakers. He was the fifth player to spend at least 20 years in the NBA.

Nowitzki doesn't seem to have ruled out playing past the coming season. At the NBA awards show last week, he hinted as much during his acceptance speech for the teammate of the year award.

Regardless of how much longer he plays, Nowitzki's legacy is secure after leading the Mavericks to their only championship in 2011 as the NBA Finals MVP. The 7-foot German is also the only foreign-born player with 30,000 career points, a milestone he reached last season.

But Nowitzki wants to get back into playoff contention before he leaves after the Mavericks missed the postseason for just the second time in 17 seasons.

Nowitzki was second to Harrison Barnes in scoring last season at 14.2 points per game and could drop further with Wesley Matthews going into the third year of his deal as the starting shooting guard.

Dennis Smith, taken ninth overall in the draft, and Yogi Ferrell are two young point guards who will spend time running the pick-and-roll with Nowitzki and 23-year-old center Nerlens Noel, a restricted free agent the Mavericks are expected to keep after trading for him at the deadline last season.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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<![CDATA[Mavs Sign 1st-Round Pick Dennis Smith Jr. to Rookie Deal]]>Wed, 05 Jul 2017 18:07:33 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/ap-ncstate-dennis-smith.jpg

The Dallas Mavericks have signed first-round pick Dennis Smith Jr. to his rookie contract.

The deal announced Wednesday came as Smith prepared to join Dallas' summer league team in Las Vegas.

The Mavericks drafted the North Carolina State freshman at No. 9 overall, their highest choice going into the draft since ending up with Dirk Nowitzki from the same spot in 1998. Dallas missed the playoffs for just the second time in 17 seasons.

Smith was the Atlantic Coast Conference freshman of the year before declaring for the draft. He reported to N.C. State early in January 2016 after tearing a knee ligament during his senior year in high school.

The 19-year-old Smith averaged 18.1 points, 4.6 rebounds and 6.2 assists at NC State.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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<![CDATA[Mavericks Sign Johnathan Motley to Two-Way Contract]]>Mon, 03 Jul 2017 23:02:50 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/mercedes+mavericks+motley.jpg

NBC 5's Mercedes Owens has more on the Mavericks signing of former Baylor star Johnathan Motley and also explains what a two-way contract is. ]]>
<![CDATA[CP3 In Houston? Mavs Fans Don't Worry One Bit ]]>Wed, 28 Jun 2017 17:51:44 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/636287853585296794.jpg

Dear Mavs Fans,

The Houston Rockets made a trade to bring in Chris Paul from the Clippers. To quote NBA MVP Russell Westbrook, "That’s cute."

Mavericks fans don’t sweat what you are seeing in Houston … again.

Rocket uber-smart GM Daryl Morey has made trades for big names before and they have resulted in ZERO trips to the NBA Finals. I don’t see any championship banners hanging on Morey’s watch.

I’ll give him credit for bringing in big-time players and being creative, but we saw what happened with his big free agent signing of Dwight Howard to go along with James Harden: no chemistry. Harden didn’t like playing with Howard and that pairing blew up.

I have respected Chris Paul’s game since he was in college at Wake Forest. I think he’s a fantastic NBA talent. He was just named first team All NBA Defense.  BUT…what did he do in L.A.? What about New Orleans?

The fact is Paul’s never taken his team to the NBA’s Western Conference Finals. Don’t overlook that. Paul's 76 playoff games are the most for a player without an appearance in the Conference Finals. He’s been Choke City during career and should we expect that to change in Clutch City?

In his last game as a Clipper, Paul’s club lost Game Seven at home to the Utah Jazz.  And get this, it marked the fifth time the Clippers blew a playoff series in which they had a lead. CP3 is not getting it done when it counts the most.

Oh by the way, James Harden’s not been clutch in the playoffs either. His lackluster 2012 NBA Finals performance still has me shaking my head. Harden’s Rockets got put out of the 2017 playoffs in Game 6 at the Toyota Center with his underwhelming 10 points two of 10 from the field, three rebounds, seven assists and six turnovers. They got drilled by 39 points and the Spurs didn't even play their MVP-candidate Kawhi Leonard. That was shameful and Harden took heat for the loss.

I know Dallas fans get mad about Donnie Nelson. Yes, his drafts of the past have not been good. Nelson is one of the few general managers in the league that can say he put together a team that has won a NBA title. The 2011 Mavericks were not a super team but they sure beat one in the Miami Heat that featured LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Dallas native Chris Bosh.

Houston is trying to add Paul George to its roster via trade. I don’t see Carmelo Anthony coming to Houston because he was not a fan of the offense back with current NBA Coach of the Year, Mike D’Antoni was his coach in New York. Scratch that reunion in H-town. If Houston fails to land George they will be good, win another 50-games and with Paul’s playoff resume be sitting at home watch the Spurs and Warriors battle it out in the West Finals.

We will see if Houston can build a super team. The Rockets will win 50 games and entertain fans but Dallas Mavs fans should not be worried about a championship parade in Houston anytime soon.



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<![CDATA[Players Speak Before Dirk's Celebrity Baseball Game]]>Sat, 24 Jun 2017 20:14:46 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Players_Speak_Before_Dirk_s_Celebrity_Baseball_Game.jpg

Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki, along with Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott and tennis great Andy Roddick, meet with the media prior to the Dirk Nowitzki's Heroes Celebrity Baseball Game. Proceeds will benefit the Dirk Nowitzki Foundation and the Heroes Foundation.]]>
<![CDATA[The Latest on the First Day of NBA Free Agency]]>Sat, 01 Jul 2017 13:52:54 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/238*120/ap-nba-adam-silver.jpg

The latest on NBA free agency (all times ET):

2:30 p.m.

Indiana center Myles Turner was in Orlando on Friday night, awoke from a nap and saw the news.

His reaction: "Wow," Turner said.

Seeing Paul George get traded by the Pacers didn't surprise Turner, the talented youngster who essentially now becomes the face of the franchise. But seeing him get traded to Oklahoma City did catch the 21-year-old Turner by surprise.

"The Thunder, of all people," Turner said on NBA TV during the broadcast of Saturday's Indiana-Orlando summer league game. "You hear the rumors of the Celtics, the Lakers, Cavs ... it was surprising."

The entire league expected George to be on the move after he informed the Pacers of his plans to leave as a free agent next summer. That forced Kevin Pritchard, who was recently elevated to take over basketball operations after Larry Bird's abrupt resignation, to find a trade before losing him for nothing.

"The future's here," the 6-foot-11 Turner said.

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12:30 p.m.

Gordon Hayward is saying hello to Miami.

Ricky Rubio is saying farewell to Minnesota.

Hayward's meeting with the Heat started Saturday morning at the team's arena -- where signage showing Hayward in a Miami uniform was displayed outside the arena and caught the attention of many fans.

A number of Heat players and staff were involved in the welcome to Hayward, including Hassan Whiteside and captain Udonis Haslem. Assistant coaches Chris Quinn and Juwan Howard were not with the Heat summer league team in Orlando for the start of play there, remaining back in Miami to be part of the Hayward pitch.

Rubio, meanwhile, posted a message on his social media accounts thanking Minnesota for his time there. The Timberwolves traded him to the Utah Jazz on Friday, a move that could have some effect on Hayward's looming free-agent decision.

Rubio paid tribute to late Wolves coach Flip Saunders, and added "I didn't know much about Minnesota, and now I'm proud to call it home."

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10:30 a.m.

Point guards are cashing in so far in NBA free agency -- and Day 1 is still a long, long way from complete.

Stephen Curry got $201 million from Golden State, Jrue Holiday got $126 million from New Orleans, Jeff Teague $57 million from Minnesota, Patty Mills $50 million from San Antonio and Shaun Livingston $24 million from the Warriors on Saturday.

Add that up, and that's nearly a half-billion dollars in commitments to those five point guards alone.

And that doesn't take into account the $168 million, four-year extension offer John Wall is considering from Washington.

Nor does that factor in the maneuvering Houston pulled off earlier this week, swinging six trades to land All-Star Chris Paul in a trade with the Los Angeles Clippers. Or Ricky Rubio's trade from Minnesota to Utah on Friday.

Among the top point guards still available, at least for now: Kyle Lowry, Derrick Rose and George Hill.

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9:05 a.m.

Jrue Holiday has agreed to terms on a new five-year, $126 million deal with the New Orleans Pelicans, who kept the point guard they wanted to initiate offense for All-Star big men Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins.

Agent Jason Glushon said early Saturday that the final year of the deal is at Holiday's option, adding that incentives could push the contract's total value to $150 million.

ESPN first reported that the Pelicans and Holiday had a deal.

Holiday averaged 15.4 points in 67 games with the Pelicans last season. In eight NBA seasons in Philadelphia and New Orleans, Holiday has averaged 14.3 points and 6.2 assists.

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2:55 a.m.

Gordon Hayward will start his free agency tour in Miami on Saturday, potentially on the verge of moving into the Eastern Conference for the first time in his career.

The East could use some more star power.

Stephen Curry and Blake Griffin are staying in the West. Paul George is heading to the West as well, teaming up with reigning NBA MVP Russell Westbrook after a surprising deal saw Indiana send him to Oklahoma City. And barely an hour into free agency, roughly $600 million in new deals were hammered out and merely awaiting signatures next week when the NBA's offseason moratorium ends.

The frenzy is underway, and there's still plenty of moves left.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth



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<![CDATA[As the Draft Ends, Free Agency Looms for the Mavs and Others]]>Fri, 23 Jun 2017 17:22:42 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-699966738.jpg

As draft night approached, some of the heavy hitters in the NBA -- Cleveland, San Antonio, Houston, Boston, the Clippers among them -- were jockeying, making calls and looking for deals to try to position themselves to make a run at the Golden State juggernaut.

The Warriors' greatness has forced the rest of the league to do deep self-examination and be aggressive in upgrading their rosters if they're even going to have a chance to compete. The Celtics and Cavaliers were looking hard at Pacers star Paul George and Bulls guard Jimmy Butler, the Rockets and Spurs were looking at clearing cap space to make a run at some big-name free agents next week and the Knicks were, well, the Knicks.

Draft night always lays the groundwork for what will happen when the circus (officially known as free agency) begins on July 1. And with all of those contenders looking to make a splash, the biggest move was made by ... the Minnesota Timberwolves.

The Wolves reunited Tom Thibodeau with Butler, giving up two promising young players in Zach LaVine and Kris Dunn and the No. 7 overall pick to land one of the best two-way players in the game. The move should jumpstart Minnesota's pursuit of its first playoff spot since 2004 and, the Wolves hope, pave the way for success in free agency.

"I think it will (help) a lot," Thibodeau said. "With players, they look around the league, they see the makeup of the team, they see how they play, play together. That's the main thing. Both offensively and defensively."

The Timberwolves have long had difficulty attracting free agents to a relatively small market that spends four months of the year covered in ice and snow. Landing a top-15 player like Butler to team with Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins sends a sign of how aggressive the teams could be.

The Bulls plunged head-first into a rebuild with the decision, and now it's up to the Pacers to decide if they want to do the same.

Much to the dismay of Pacers GM Kevin Pritchard, George let it be known last week that he did not plan to re-sign in Indiana when he becomes a free agent next summer. Most of the league assumes that he wants to play for the Los Angeles Lakers, who appear to be in a tug-of-war with the rival Celtics for George's attention.

"I'm confident we'll get something," Pritchard told reporters in Indianapolis on Friday.

One of the big markets affected on Thursday night was at point guard, the deepest position in the league. Philadelphia, the Lakers, Sacramento, New York and Dallas all drafted point guards in the top 10, which could diminish the options for veterans like Jrue Holiday, George Hill, Jeff Teague and Patty Mills.

The elite point guards available -- Chris Paul and Kyle Lowry -- should have no trouble finding significant contracts. With Tony Parker suffering a serious injury in the playoffs, the Spurs were reportedly trying to clear space to make a run at Paul, who is widely considered the best point guard in the league. Paul has spent the last six seasons with the Los Angeles Clippers, but has yet to advance to the Western Conference finals.

The Clippers are trying to make a decision about retooling around the core of Paul, Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan, but really it's a decision that depends largely on Paul's thinking. He has long struggled to win big in the postseason, and heading to San Antonio to join with Kawhi Leonard or Houston to team up with James Harden could prove to be more attractive.

Lowry figures to remain in Toronto with a Raptors franchise that he has helped put back on the map, but after that there will be few teams in the market for a high-priced starting point guard. Denver, Utah, New York and Indiana could wade into those waters. But if they look at themselves as still being a couple of year away, they might be hesitant to spend big bucks on a veteran.

Other big names available include Gordon Hayward, Paul Millsap and Andre Iguodala. And while some of the very biggest names like Kevin Durant and Steph Curry figure to stay put, it only ramps up the sense of urgency for teams that have big holes to fill.

The clock is ticking and Thursday night provided the first steps toward making big improvements to the roster.

The Timberwolves rocked the boat with Butler, but the waters were calm after that, which should only mean one thing: It's about to get real choppy when the clock strikes midnight on July 1.

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<![CDATA[Newy's Take on Mavs Drafting Dennis Smith]]>Fri, 23 Jun 2017 04:59:03 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NEWY_MAVS_DRAFT_TAKE_ON_SMITH_FOR_WEB_1200x675_974250051757.jpg

Newy Scruggs talks about the Mavericks drafting Dennis Smith.]]>
<![CDATA[Mavs Get Their Man in NC State Point Guard Dennis Smith Jr.]]>Fri, 23 Jun 2017 16:06:48 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/silver-adam-cuban-mark.jpg

North Carolina State freshman point guard Dennis Smith, Jr. was still available when the Dallas Mavericks came up at No. 9 in the NBA draft -- the same spot that led them to Dirk Nowitzki nearly 20 years ago.

Coach Rick Carlisle described "thunderous" applause in the Dallas draft room Thursday night. President of basketball operations Donnie Nelson may have lost count of the chest bumps.

"This is the guy that we were after," said Nelson, who said before the draft that point guard was the team's biggest need. "And if we would have drafted a lot higher, he was the guy that we had circled."

Carlisle projected Smith as a starter, with the obvious caveat that the job won't be handed to the 19-year-old who left the Wolfpack after his freshman season, barely a year removed from tearing a knee ligament as a high school senior.

If Smith does start, he'll be the rare case of a draft pick to do so in Dallas. Nowitzki did it for about half the season in 1998-99, after the Mavericks used the sixth pick to get Robert Traylor for Milwaukee and had the Bucks take the 7-foot German with the ninth choice. That's the last time Dallas entered the draft with a top 10 pick.

The addition of Smith means four of the five starting spots are filled, because if he doesn't start, he'll likely be behind Yogi Ferrell. The former Indiana guard had a dazzling debut in Dallas that earned the undrafted rookie earned a two-year deal after joining the team on a 10-day contract.

But the Mavericks believe Ferrell is a better fit as a backup, with veterans J.J. Barea and Devin Harris also available to play point. The other three starters under contract are Nowitzki, shooting guard Wesley Matthews and forward Harrison Barnes.

Dallas is likely to match offers for center Nerlens Noel, a restricted free agent. The Mavericks acquired him at the trading deadline last season when they were retooling the roster to get younger after a woeful start led to a 33-49 finish. It was just the second time in the past 17 seasons that Dallas has missed the playoffs.

"This is a historic night for us," Carlisle said. "Playmaking is an especially important part of the NBA game now, that having guys like Dennis Smith Jr. that can create simply on their own, and on pick and rolls, pick and rolls with Dirk, is a great blessing for us to have."

Smith enrolled early at NC State in January 2016 after the high school injury so he could play as a freshman. He's the only Atlantic Coast Conference player to record two triple-doubles in the same season, and he averaged 18.1 points per game. Smith led ACC freshmen in scoring, assists and steals.

His only season with the Wolfpack was challenging because of the in-season announcement that coach Mark Gottfried wouldn't return as the team struggled to a 15-17 finish. Nelson figures that's part of the reason Smith was still around when it was the Mavs' turn.

"I can use it as fuel to the fire," said Smith, who set NC State's freshman scoring record and was the school's first top 10 pick since Tom Gugliotta went sixth to Washington in 1992. "I've been underrated my whole life. That's perfectly line with me. I'm accustomed to it."

Carlisle said the Mavericks didn't bring in Smith for an individual workout because they didn't think he would be available. The club recently sent a couple of representatives to his pro day in Raleigh, North Carolina, and Smith had a video phone conversation with Nelson, Carlisle and former Dallas guard Michael Finley, now a member of the front office.

"This is one we had to get right and one what we had to get lucky with," Nelson said. "We feel both of those things kind of fell in place. You don't want to get too excited about players, but he's got all the right stuff."

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<![CDATA[New Look For The Dallas Mavericks Locker Room Coming]]>Fri, 23 Jun 2017 04:00:39 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/183*120/GettyImages-470272300.jpg

Dallas Mavericks owner took a sledgehammer to the Dallas Mavericks locker room Thursday evening.

He’s not upset about anything but excited about the new changes ahead for his team. 

The Dallas Mavericks locker room will have a new look for the upcoming season.  Crews were on hand to start the demolition process of their current space.  

The state of the art facility will come with a refrigerated cup holder, tablet dock, shoe holder and many other features.  It's expected to be finished for the start of the 2017-2018 season.



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<![CDATA[Report: Former Mavs President Harassed Employees for Years]]>Thu, 22 Feb 2018 00:55:01 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Dallas-Mavericks-Logo.jpg

Sports Illustrated released a scathing article Tuesday that quotes several former Dallas Mavericks female employees who said the Mavericks ran a very hostile work environment.]]>
<![CDATA[Sports Illustrated Releases Scathing Article on Dallas Mavs]]>Wed, 21 Feb 2018 00:43:10 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Mavericks_Investigation.jpg

'Sports Illustrated' reported about alleged sexual harassment and domestic violence inside the Dallas Mavericks organization. NBC 5 Sports Director Newy Scruggs has the latest on this bombshell.]]>
<![CDATA[Dallas Mavericks Select Dennis Smith Jr. in the 2017 Draft]]>Thu, 22 Jun 2017 20:30:52 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-6325314021.jpg

The Dallas Mavericks selected point guard Dennis Smith Jr. of North Carolina State University with the ninth overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft.

The eight picks preceding were:

  • Markelle Fultz, Guard, Washington (76ers)
  • Lonzo Ball, Guard, UCLA (Lakers)
  • Jayson Tatum, Forward, Duke (Celtics)
  • Josh Jackson, Forward, Kansas (Suns)
  • De'Aaron Fox, Guard, Kentucky (Kings)
  • Jonathon Isaac, Forward, FSU (Magic)
  • Lauri Markkanen, NCSU (Bulls via Timberwolves)
  • Frank Ntilikina, Guard, France (Knicks)

Smith Jr. is a freak athlete, reportedly recording a 48-inch vertical, despite tearing his ACL and missing his entire high school senior basketball season. He was a top-10 recruit according to all major scouting websites, but had a disappointing freshmen season at NC State. The team went 15-17 (4-14 in ACC play) last year.

Smith was the first ACC player with two triple-doubles in conference play, according to ESPN, and averaged 18 points, six assists, four rebounds and two steals in his lone season with the Wolfpack.

Mavs head coach Rick Carlisle said he projects Smith to be a starter in his first NBA season. 

The Mavs got a player with a decent shooting touch — 35% from three, 71% from the free throw line — and a strong handle.

The complaints against Smith are that he rushes on the offensive end and can become lazy on the defensive end, but Carlisle is known for getting the most out of players and the rookie should be no different.

Smith Jr. fills the Mavs' decencies last season as a fast, offensively-skilled point guard. He will be competing with Yogi Ferrell and Seth Curry for the starting gig this fall.



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<![CDATA[Why Dennis Smith Should Be on Mavs' Radar]]>Thu, 22 Jun 2017 15:16:14 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/ap-ncstate-dennis-smith.jpg

The western conference is loaded with point guards. NBC 5’s Sport Director Newy Scruggs tells you which guard the Dallas Mavericks need to pick in the draft Thursday night.

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<![CDATA[Newy Wants Mark Cuban to Draft Dennis Smith, Jr.]]>Thu, 22 Jun 2017 15:14:36 -0500https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/ap-ncstate-dennis-smith.jpg

Dennis Smith, Jr. of N.C. State is the player I’ve been asking the Mavericks to draft for months now.  

The Mavs attended his pro day workout in Raleigh last week. Trade up to get him if you have to Mark Cuban. 

The Mavericks are not going to win a thing with Yogi Ferrell being their starter. Same goes for Seth Curry. They are not starting point guards on a contending team in the NBA. 

If Dallas ever plans to get out of the West and back to the NBA Finals they must get a difference making point guard. Just look at the point guards in the Western Conference: 

Golden State has Seth Curry. Two-time MVP, and he’s been to the NBA Finals three straight years with two wins.

Oklahoma City’s Russell Westbrook will probably win the MVP later this month.

Houston Point Guard James Harden should finish runner-up for the MVP award to Westbrook.

Chris Paul is still the Clippers point guard and I don’t think he will leave despite being a free agent this summer.

Memphis may have the most underrated point guard in the West, Mike Conley.

Portland has a beast in Damian Lillard.

Denver has Dallas-native Emmanuel Mudiay running the point.

Phoenix has a talented player in Eric Bledsoe.

That’s a stacked group of point guards and this is why I continue to beat the drum for Dennis Smith, Jr. Smith put up 18.1 points, 6.2 assists and 4.6 rebounds per game in his only season with a bad Wolfpack team that didn’t qualify for the NCAA Tournament. He was also the ACC Rookie of the Year.

Smith is the most athletic point guard, and maybe the most athletic player regardless of position, in this class. Los Angeles Daily News reporter Mark Medina reported Smith recorded a vertical jump of 48 inches during a workout with the Lakers.

His former coach at NC State Orlando Early declared about the 6-3 point guard in an interview , “He can be handling the ball and, all of a sudden, bang! and he’s dunking it,” Early said. “He’s just so explosive.”

Smith has been compared to Westbrook and former MVP Derrick Rose. "I want to win Rookie of the Year," he said Wednesday at the Grand Hyatt Hotel on NBA Draft media day. "Not too many [individual] accolades, I just want to come in and be the best teammate I can be be, the best player I can be and I think everything else will take care of itself."

Need more convincing? Fran Frachilla of ESPN, who lives in Dallas, raves about him. "Three years ago (Washington point guard) Markelle Fultz, (Kansas shooting guard) Josh Jackson and Dennis Smith Jr. were all on the same level," Fraschilla said. "Dennis gets hurt before his senior year in high school, tearing his ACL. He comes back this year and plays on a dysfunctional team (at N.C. State). People were blaming him for the team not being as good, and all of the sudden the perception becomes, 'Well, maybe he’s not as good as we thought.'"

"But you’re talking about a guy who is a junkyard dog, who is strong, gets to the basket, is tough and always plays with a chip on his shoulder. He’s a kid who could slide and all of a sudden a team picking ninth, 10th, 11th goes, 'Oh my god. We’ve got to take him. It’s a no brainer.'

The Mavericks need to draft Dennis Smith, Jr. 



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